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Waiting for Happiness (2002)
"Heremakono" (original title)

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The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Khatra Ould Abder Kader ...
Khatra
Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid ...
Maata
Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed ...
Abdallah
Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda ...
Soukeyna, the mother
Nana Diakité ...
Nana
Makanfing Dabo ...
Makan
Santha Leng ...
Tchu
Baba Ould Mini ...
Sidi
Mickaël Onoimweniku ...
Mickaël
Diallo Ibrahima Sory ...
Diallo
Cheick Oumar Tembely ...
Omar
Jerib Ould Jiddou ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Mohamed Salem Ould Dendou ...
Le docteur
Mohamed Lemine ...
Le réparateur électricien
Aminala Tembely ...
La petite fille aux tresses
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On the seacoast of Mauritania, some wait to go to Europe. Khatra, a spirited boy, wants an electric light so he can read at night. A stoic older man, Maata, tries to wire the room. Abdallah, a youth on his way to Europe, says good-bye to his mother. Nana looks back on the death of her daughter and her trip to Europe to inform the father. A girl takes singing lessons. Rooms have small windows, looking out onto foot traffic; transistor radios provide some link beyond. Huge ships anchor in the distance. The train comes through, stopping briefly. Offering a cigarette is a gesture of hospitality. Sand dunes and the ocean dominate the landscape. Hope springs amidst small expectations. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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€1,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,982 (USA) (4 April 2003)

Gross:

$1,982 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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West African Delight
30 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not for everyone (the antithesis of a Hollywood film), "Waiting For Happiness" is pure cinema at its finest, and one of the best African movies I have ever seen. Reminiscent of contemporary Iranian cinema," Sissako's poetic imagery resonates with a sense of place and describes the lives of those who inhabit it. While there is an absence of plot and scripted dialog, as well as no clear protagonist, the story is marked by the characterizations and tempo that reveal a community sandwiched between the ocean and the dessert; between ancient rituals and adaptations to modernity, fluctuating between hope and acceptance, life and death, always with patience and dignity. Full of quiet compassion, everything swept by the wind, "Waiting For Happiness," doesn't explain everything. Instead, it gives you an experience that is palpable for you to make sense of.


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