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Karmen Gei (2001)

Karmen Geï (original title)
Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire.

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Djeïnaba Diop Gaï ...
Karmen Geï
Magaye Niang ...
Lamine Diop
Stephanie Biddle ...
Prison Gov. Angelique
Thierno Ndiaye Doss ...
Old Samba (as Thierno Ndiaye Dos)
Dieynaba Niang ...
Ma Penda
El Hadg Ndiaye ...
Massigi
Aïssatou Diop ...
Majiguene
Widemir Normil ...
Superintendent
Yandé Codou Sène ...
Beach singer
Massamba Madieye ...
Mansour
Ibrahima Mbaye ...
Sidar
Coly Mbaye ...
Inspector Tall
Abasse Wade ...
Calki
Ibrahima Khalil Paye ...
Policeman Laye
Patricia Gomis ...
Marie-Madeleine
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Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire.

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Musical | Romance | Drama

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27 June 2001 (France)  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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This translation is true rather than faithful.
8 September 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

There's an aphorism about translations that says that translations are like women--if they are beautiful they aren't faithful, and if they are faithful they aren't beautiful. This may not be a literal version of the familiar Carmen, but it is beautifully true to the spirit of the original. It is also unlike anything you've ever seen.

The acting and cinematography are splendid. The score honors Bizet in its tonality without ever quoting the opera. Djeïnaba Diop Gaï's Karmen is a shooting star. The original Carmen's transgressive sexuality, freely flaunted in a way that spills outrageously beyond societal rules, translates here into bisexuality. Other themes are also aptly and satisfyingly transmuted--the smugglers are hauling dope; her toreador is a musical star.

It's rare for me to want to watch a movie twice in a row. The first thing I did after seeing this was look up when it would be shown again.


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