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Isaach De Bankolé,
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Natives of Benin and the West Indies, Dah and Jocelyn form a fine team. Dah is convinced that this time, luck smiles on them. They begin working for a restauranteur who organizes clandestine cockfights in the basement of his establishment. Confined all day long in the restaurant's basement, they train their rooster, a future champion named "S'en fout la mort". Written by
You know it's good if it's about cockfighting and you can't look away.
The movie starts with a Chester Himes quote--a big clue to its atmosphere. Both gritty and haunting, the story concerns illegal cockfighting in France (minimal carnage), with a lot of overlaid metaphor. "Cock, man, same thing." This is a typically slow, thoughtful Claire Denis film (does any woman take on more masculine subjects?). Everything is played under the surface; in fact, the images and montage are so strong, it might as well be silent. Key motivations are implicit, not explicit. Alex Descas, as the Caribbean cock-trainer, is the soul of the movie, as a man fatally in love with another man's wife.
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