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The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain, et cetera, while civilization, by way of timber trucks and tree fellers, is slowly encroaching. Written by
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This one, made just before the above, is a great film too, set in a
village in Senegal. I saw it with literally no subs, as the ones
available don't even cover a fifth of the dialogue and yet that was a
minor issue, and I had no problems in enjoying the film. It helps that
there is not much to understand, it is just a matter of losing yourself
in the rhythmic life of Africa. Bonded with nature, the villagers give
a natural and phenomenal show, imbuing even the most mundane of
activities with an earthy charm. We observe their fishing, their
eating, and again there is only a shadow of a story, it is more like a
gradually unfolding fable. The sequence of the rains is a treasure and
will engulf even the hardened cinephiles. But such peace cannot be
immortal, and slowly, modernization disrupts their life. The forest
around them disappears slowly but surely, and the natives are forced to
relocate. The film captures their life with honesty, and thus, beauty,
and the rituals are a treat for the eye. The director captures harsh
reality in juxtaposition with an utopic lifestyle, and raises the age
long question again rural or urban? And as I always maintain about
great people, he gives the issue his own touch, and it comes alive on
screen. The visuals, as expected, are sparkling and the peaceful yet
fulfilled lifestyle is something that one should not miss. The film
ends in a strange note a sarcastic jab at the urbane, probably.
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