MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,410 this week

Mandabi (1968)

 |  Drama  |  26 March 1970 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 316 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 12 critic

A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 946 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 995 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 08 May 2013
 
a list of 133 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 337 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mandabi" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mandabi (1968)

Mandabi (1968) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mandabi.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Touki Bouki (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Stars: Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall
Brightness (1987)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo
Macunaima (1969)
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho
Xala (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to... See full summary »

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Stars: Agheleh Rezaie, Abdolgani Yousefrazi, Razi Mohebi
Black Girl (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel, invites a stranger to her bed, and abruptly tells him to leave. He asks her to ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Aurore Clément, Helmut Griem, Magali Noël
Niaye (1964)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The pregnancy of a young girl scandalizes her community.

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Ethiopia; there is a slow boiling of a feud between a wealthy Lord and a protester who feels he is mistreating his laborers. While the viewer gets to closely examine the culture, conversations, and lives of the locals who surround them.

Director: Haile Gerima
Stars: Kasu Asfaw, Gebru Kasa, Worke Kasa
Badou Boy (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Stars: Laminé Ba, Al Demba Ciss, Christoph Colomb
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four chapters based on the birth of a 'secret child', or a film, with chapter titles: "La séction Césarienne" (Caesarian section: a descriptive detail introducing the mother); "Le dernier ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel
Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Henri de Maublanc, Xuan Lindenmeyer
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Makhouredia Gueye ...
Ibrahim Dieng
Ynousse N'Diaye ...
1st Wife
Isseu Niang ...
2nd Wife
Serigne N'Diayes ...
Imam
Serigne Sow ...
Maissa
Mustapha Ture ...
Shop Keeper
Farba Sarr ...
Businessman
Moudoun Faye ...
Mailman
Mouss Diouf ...
Nephew
Christoph Colomb ...
Water Seller
Thérèse Bas ...
Dieng's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mamadou Cisoko
Edit

Storyline

A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from his traditional way of living to a more modern one. Written by Brad Yasuda <byasuda@chat.carleton.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bureaucracy | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

26 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Money Order  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Wolof)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent
7 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is partially a response to the above review by Irene Schneider. Mandabi is the second feature length film of Senegalese born director Usmán Sembén. he was also a well respected writer and The Money Order (English translation) is an adaptation of his own book. Capturing the corruption eminent in post colonial Africa by following a proud man who tries to cash a money order sent by a relative working in Paris, France. This newly arrived money turns all those around him, including the lead character into to be kindly a pack of wolves, determined to pick him for all he's got. Except he hasn't even cashed the money order yet. Slow and observant with a charming rhythmic score that engulfs the viewer, it watches a society slowly eating itself because of poverty and selfishness and no one is spared in Usmán Sembén's lament against greed and avarice. A beautifully recapped montage saves what might have been a slightly didactic if not hopeful ending. To note, as opposed to the above comment, there is nothing simple about the movie and it is as prescient today as back then and is no history lesson. To be enjoyed by all those who enjoy the movies of Satyajit Ray because the film making style is very similar to his. ** Use of Usmán Sembén as opposed to Ousmane Sembene is because the director is credited as that in the movie and it seems to be the correct rendition of the name.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mandabi (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?