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Touki Bouki (1973)

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Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow's skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal's capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Magaye Niang ...
Mory
Mareme Niang ...
Anta
Aminata Fall ...
Aunt Oumy
Ousseynou Diop ...
Charlie
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Christoph Colomb
Ndou Labia
Mustapha Ture
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Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow's skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal's capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France. Written by Don Larsson

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21 October 1976 (Hungary)  »

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Journey of the Hyena  »

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This film is believed to be Africa's first avant-garde film, although Oh, Sun (1967) could also make this claim. See more »

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Brilliant illustration of an average story
3 April 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

First, I didn't like the movie because I felt I wasn't able to enjoy it really. It made the impression of a TV documentary on how livestock is mistreated in Western Africa.

Then, by quite confusingly repeating a scene scored by somewhat mystical pop music, the film turned to the other extreme and made me consider it over-sybolistic.

Then, finally, the actual story began, and I could figure out various things. I could separate dream from reality, although this was not so easy, and I thought the film was too clichéd at some moments (e. g. the fat gay man, who was charming but a little camp).

Now that the film is over and I thought back to it I believe it is not at all a bad movie. Many discontinuities and an unusual narrative style are something we should welcome. Regarding the images and colours it is a wonderful piece of work. The film seems like brilliant illustration of an average story.


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