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Ousmane Sembene (writer)
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26 March 1970 (USA) See more »
A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Directed by
Ousmane Sembene 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ousmane Sembene  writer

Produced by
Robert de Nesle .... producer
Cinematography by
Paul Soulignac 
Film Editing by
Gilbert Kikoïne 
Max Saldinger 
Production Management
Ibrahima Barro .... unit production manager
Jean Maumy .... production manager
Paulin Vieyra .... production manager (as Paul S. Vieyra)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Babakar Samb .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mawa Gay .... boom operator
Elhadji Mbow .... assistant sound
Henri Moline .... sound (as Henry Moline)
Camera and Electrical Department
Maya Bracher .... still photographer
Robert Caristan .... camera operator (as J. Karistan)
Dia Cherif .... electrician
Emile Ganem .... electrician
Issa Tiaw .... assistant camera
Other crew
Anne-Marie Rochas .... script supervisor
Awa Sylla .... production secretary

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90 min | Senegal:105 min (Wolof version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Qualified praise., 9 February 2000
Author: Irene Schneider from New York, New York

The pace of this movie is as languid as life in a sun-baked country. But stick with it. Even when the plot is predictable, the action is not, nor are the characters. Believing he has come into money from a successful relative in Paris (who is shown sweeping streets, far from wealthy), a proud middle-aged Dakar man with two strong-willed wives and several children tries to cash the money order (mandabi). He encounters catch-22 bureaucracies, his friends all become borrowers, his creditors turn ugly, and con men latch on to him, but Ousmane Sembene (the director, and one of Senegal's most important writers) leavens the frustration with humour, and even manages to sustain a certain amount of suspense-- not easy in a film as languid as this one. Scenes of city life in Dakar's warren like streets are realistically and straightforwardly presented, and the story, though very simple, stays with you long after the movie's over. A must if you're interested in African film, if only for historical interest.

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