A warm summer in Montreal. Two black men, Man and Bouba, share an apartment. Man is an ambitious author, writing on The Great Novel. Bouba is a lazy amateur philosopher who quotes the Koran...
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A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »
Isaach De Bankolé,
A warm summer in Montreal. Two black men, Man and Bouba, share an apartment. Man is an ambitious author, writing on The Great Novel. Bouba is a lazy amateur philosopher who quotes the Koran. Man's habit of picking up young white women makes many young white men jealous... Written by
The biggest disappointment from Quebec in its recent film history
HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A NEGRO offers an even more offensive French title, where "negre", a term identical to the banned English racial slur ni... is featured, presumably since "negre" also is a pejorative slang term for writer, the occupation of one of the "negres". However, from the very beginning it is obvious that the use of "negres" was indeed intended to offend. (The English-dubbed Canadian VHS often voices the racial slur rather than the words negro or black. In fact, everything about the movie is offensive: the fatally-flawed theme, the boring plot, the amateurish acting, not to mention the inclusion in the cast of Roy Dupuis, one of Canada's great young actors in a ridiculous but mercifully small role. The blanket racial and sexual stereotypes will offend blacks, whites, men, women, sexual minorities, policemen, ... even the Chinese and the Japanese (who have no connection to the plot whatsoever) are gratuitously attacked during a conversation between a racist hyper-macho black man, and a racist white neo-colonialist white who, out of nowhere, comes to the conclusion that Chinese, Japanese, those... are all the same. Obviously, the intent of the filmmakers was to offend every possible segment of the population. Maybe Woody Allen and a few others can get away with that, but certainly not these pretentious amateurs. I'm a big fan of Canadian cinema, especially Quebecois films, and this is the only one of over a hundred or so I have found totally worthless, and indeed the only film I haver rated on this data base under 5. I give it a one, since no lower score is available as a choice.
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