Djibril, in his fifties, spends his free time taking care of an abandonned villa high up in a Comorian village. While he is busy in the house, a fire devastates his little hut. Left without a home, he goes in search of a new place where to live.
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A rich immigrant’s consequential judgment of Djibril’s technical transgression blindly or willfully overlooks his larger honesty and goodness. Also, contrasting portrayals of what makes and sustains a home. The final sequence efficiently and beautifully restates the film’s premise, and we see the word Mpendwa (dearest) among other evidence of love.
Bonus: a very funny nickname.
Co-réalisé par la France et les Comores, ce court métrage a le mérite d'évoquer les liens plutôt distendus entre les deux nations. D'autre part, son message est assez clair : quand certains se retrouvent sans logis, il peuvent compter sur la solidarité des villageois aussi pauvres qu'eux, pas vraiment sur celle des riches… Le film souffre toutefois d'un rythme trop alangui et d'une dernière partie arrivant bien tard.
This is a beautiful film. It demonsrates how one's friends become one's family; how neighbours and friends take care of each other. Even when those who have much abadon even their own family, others sacrificially give to take care of those in need. This film is full of hope.