A caravan escorts an elderly and dying Sheikh to Sijilmasa. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait and reaches him while crossing the rugged peaks of the Moroccan Atlas. The caravaneers, fearful of the mountain, refuse to continue transporting the corpse.
Oliver Laxe’s award-winning second film (after You Are All Captains, shown last September) finds the director entering genre territory and remarkably pushing its boundaries. Spellbinding and mysterious, it’s a spiritual western, a desert odyssey and a daring invitation to jump into the unknown.
An enigmatic quest across the Atlas Mountains mesmerises and disorientates in equal measures in Laxe's boundless exploration of faith, landscape and tradition. The exquisite 16mm photography and soundscape carve a rich viewing experience as oblique as it is rewarding; you just have to be prepared to abandon any hope of an answer to the questions the film raises.
Slow and intermittently interesting, Oliver Laxe just didn't do enough with the direction of this picture to really draw me in as I wanted. It is, however, am enjoyably unique riff on some standard movie tropes.
Laxe was certainly aware of Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Mimosas is an uninspired and unaccomplished copy with a pretension for mysticism and the so often sought-after mesmerising shots as a substitute for lyrical interpretation. Posing against the imposing backdrop of the Atlas mountains is easy but Laxe lacks the vision to deliver something more than just a beautiful postcard.
Beautifully shot, interesting parallels between religion, cultural identities, but directing and editing don't create exceptional cinematic experience. This is a typical critically beloved movie which doesn't connect with general audiences.
Dans les montagnes inhospitalières du Maroc, trois hommes unissent leurs forces pour ramener la dépouille d'un cheikh à ses proches. Avec ses airs de western métaphysique, ce périple contemplatif empreint de religion se révèle envoûtant.
Chronique complète à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/mimosas-voie-de-atlas-western-spirituel-au-maroc
Oliver Laxe did a nice job with the location and scenery in the Atlas Mountains, but the film lacks the narrative and cinematic elements that make a good film. The film has some beautiful shots, but lacks the cinematography and editing to connect to the audience.
Beautiful stone-strewn mountains, green-blue meltwater rivers, inhospitable remote places. A simple story in essence but very well told. Took place in two worlds, most of it could be almost any century, but there were brief forays into the modern world as well. Almost worth five stars, but I struggled with the ending a bit.