Disutradarai oleh Mati Diop (35 Rhums), Atlantiques mengisahkan pengembaraan beberapa sahabat dari Senegal yang berusaha melakukan penyeberangan berbahaya dengan kapal. Melankolis dan misterius, film ini menggambarkan bahaya-bahaya dari migrasi ilegal secara elegan.
Film ini tidak sedang tayang di MUBI, tetapi ada 30 film bagus lainnya.
Quiet power. A sort of micro-verite, like a 16 min zoom into (beacon onto) these actual moments being had in Senegal. (Registers a bit, sensorily, like the memory of being there.) And to hear these young men expressing so frankly (because that's how you express your reality) emotions that we recognize get to stay, for most of us watching, mercifully untapped... The lighthouse beacon shots at the end were beautiful.
An intriguing story; however, the film never reveals anything about the lives of its subjects. Who is their community? Where do they live? The fireside dialogue felt like listening to someone talk too long around a campfire. I did enjoy the juxtaposition between the opening close-up of the recorder, and the wide shot of the small boat drifting in the ocean. The use of mixed media was also a welcome sight.
A minimalist, ecovative and touching portrait of human dilemmas, expectations, ethical demands, prejudices, existential aporia, set in the context of a social milieu plagued with material deprivations of sorts. The plight of men is treated with dignity and the ending compresses the drama with economy and symbolic resonance. Highly recommended.
I appreciate handling the difficult topic, which might serve as an eye opener for those looking down on immigrants or opposing illegal (or legal) immigration. There are some truly poetic moments, filled with nostalgia, hope and despair - mainly the discussion by the campfire. It doesn't seem to work well as a whole though - the different parts feel fragmented, awkwardly put together.