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Life on Earth (1998)
"La vie sur terre" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  9 June 1999 (France)
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In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the ... See full summary »

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Dramane
Nana Baby ...
La jeune fille
Mohamed Sissako ...
Le Pére
Bourama Coulibaly ...
Le Photographe
Keita Bina Gaousso ...
Le receveur Poste
Mahamadou Dramé ...
L'Opérateur Poste
Moussa Fofana ...
L'invité radio
Keita Kagny ...
L'ami du photographe
Madlaye Traoré ...
Le Coiffeur
Solo Diarra ...
Le Client
Fodia Coulibaly ...
Le Tailleur
Madou Mariko ...
Le Journaliste radio
Lassina Kané ...
L'ingénieur son radio
Mahamane Maiiga ...
Le deuoéme Jouranliste de la Bibliothéque Pariée
Cheykh Bouya Ould Yarba ...
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In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the village of Sokolo. He meets the lovely Nana, and there are possibilities. People place long-distance calls from the post office. "Reaching people," says the postmaster, "is a matter of luck." Contrasts between Paris and Sokolo - between Mali and France and between Africa and Europe - are underscored by voice-over poems and comments by Aimé Césaire. A man dictates a letter to a brother in France: what is the nature of their hardships? People look for their place on this earth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Africa at the end of the millennium
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An observational treatise on the contrast in existence of a village in Mali versus Paris in a way and a comment on the failure of African governments to care for its citizens. slice of movie La vie sur terre captures the last day of the last century in the rustic community of Sokolo. Documentary style observations with poetic narration and voice overs, it paints a delicate existence that may or not be hopeless. Beautifully shot on high def video but a bit slight in point of view, its slim running time makes a convenient mood piece. A promising work that exposes the talent of the director. Some might criticize it as an NGO movie or CNN Africa but its not really harsh but does express the director's opinion that hope is leaving Africa. I respectfully disagree.


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