MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,922 this week

Genesis (1999)
"La genèse" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  8 December 1999 (France)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 138 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 3 critic

The biblical story of Jacob and Esau.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 12 Jul 2011
 
a list of 583 titles
created 25 Jul 2012
 
a list of 111 titles
created 26 Sep 2012
 
a list of 18 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 210 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Genesis" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Genesis (1999)

Genesis (1999) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Genesis.
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. But what really happens is that all the priests rape her, and then murder her, so that she cannot tell that the ... See full summary »

Director: Dani Kouyaté
Stars: Fatoumata Diawara, Sotigui Kouyaté, Balla Habib Dembélé
Genesis I (1998)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sculptor is traumatized by the death of his wife in a car accident. He builds a sculpture in her memory. As the lifelike sculpture begins to bleed through the cracks of clay, the ... See full summary »

Director: Nacho Cerdà
Stars: Pep Tosar, Trae Houlihan
Genesis (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A parable of man's exploitation of his fellow man. A weaver and a farmer live peacefully on the edge of a desert until, one day, a woman wanders into their world, and her presence slowly disrupts their routine existence.

Director: Mrinal Sen
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri
Blue Steel (1989)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne
The Host (2006)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Hae-il Park
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sotigui Kouyaté ...
Jacob
Salif Keita ...
Balla Moussa Keita ...
Hamor
...
Dina
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ...
Lea
Balla Habib Dembélé ...
(as Habibou Dembele)
Magma Coulibaly
Oumar Namory Keita
Edit

Storyline

Inspired by the Holy Book of Genesis, this film tells the power struggle between two families: a clan of herders led by Jacob and another clan of hunters fronted by his brother Esau. Caught in the crossfire is their cousin, Hamor and his tribe of farmers. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

biblical | rape | revenge

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

8 December 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Genesis  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
visually sumptuous but narratively diffuse
4 May 2000 | by (St. Davids, PA) – See all my reviews

The concept of Genesis sounds excellent--a retelling of Jacob's story from the Hebrew scriptures set in Africa, which might very well be where the story actually took place. In fact, the film is visually overwhelming--vast, barren, rocky desert violently interrupted by massive rock formations rising hundreds of feet above the plains. The movie's vision is furthered by the beautiful cast and colorful, traditional African costumes.

The story, however, is difficult to follow or to care about, even for a man raised on Sunday School bible stories. I expected the movie to add life to a biblical text that sometimes seems distant and old, but I was disappointed. The actors seemed unable to fill the huge desert spaces, and the narrative was fragmented by flashbacks that were often long and difficult to connect to the main narrative.

Although I didn't end up liking the movie, it is still worth seeing. There are moments of splendor, humor, and humanity, and it is sometimes fascinating to experience the biblical stories sifted through the distinctive filter of African folklore. As with any movie, you'll have to be the final judge.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Genesis (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?