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Xala (1975)

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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierno Leye ...
Hadji Aboucader Beye
Myriam Niang ...
Rama (as Miriam Niang)
Seune Samb ...
Adja Assatu, Beye's wife
Fatim Diagne ...
Saleslady / Secretary
Younouss Seye ...
Aram, Second Wife
Mustapha Ture ...
The Client (as Moustapha Touré)
Iliamane Sagna ...
Modu, Driver
Dieynaba Niang ...
La Badiene
Langouste Drobe
Farba Sarr ...
Businessman
Abdoulaye Boye
Papa Diop
Martin Sow
Mamadou Sarr ...
Businessman
Makhouredia Gueye ...
Minister Kebe
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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 government. One official, Aboucader Beye, known by the title "El Hadji," takes advantage of some of that money to marry his third wife, to the sorrow and chagrin of his first two wives and the resentment of his nationalist daughter. But he discovers on his wedding night that he has been struck with a "xala," a curse of impotence. El Hadji goes to comic lengths to find the cause and remove the xala, resulting in a scathing satirical ending. Written by Anonymous

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Xala translates as "The Curse". See more »

Quotes

Minister Kebe: The potion must have been excellent! You haven't changed cloths yet.
Hadji Aboucader Beye: I couldn't get it up... nothing happened!
Minister Kebe: What?
Hadji Aboucader Beye: I couldn't get an erection. My mother-in-law says I have the Xala.
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Probably the sharpest satire I have ever seen
6 November 2000 | by (The Orchestra) – See all my reviews

Films like American Beauty are sharp, but Xala's theatrical style and unrelenting debasement of Senegalese society is worthy of far more Oscars than the frankly over-rated A.B.

Without the distraction of stars and tricky camera work, Xala is straight to the point, and makes no attempt to beautify or wax lyrical about their country in the midst of corruption and lies.

I recommend this film to someone with an open mind and a love of pure cinema.


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