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Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 October 1976 (Hungary)
Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.
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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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This film is believed to be Africa's first avant-garde film, although Oh, Sun (1970) could also make this claim. See more »

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An Amazing Blend of Cultures
2 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

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

This film looks great and is just very interesting from the whole clash of cultures perspective. You have some African tradition here, and mixed in with that you have some Muslim practices. I am no expert, but I suspect Islam in Senegal is much different than in the Middle East. It's an interesting blend. And then, of course, you have the modern world of France, which is different from either of those cultures.

What may strike viewers the most, especially because it happens so early in the film (and is repeated later), is the slaughter of the cattle. Whether the methods shown are humane or not, I have no idea. But they look brutal, and to the modern world it may be a shock to see something that has become so far removed from our everyday life. Now, food is food, and we rarely see that once upon a time it was a living thing.


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