7.0/10
616
7 user 35 critic

Dry Season (2006)

Daratt (original title)
Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a ... See full summary »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

10 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Stars: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo
Grigris (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, 25 year old, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his stepfather falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers.

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Stars: Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei
Abouna (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Stars: Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun
Teza (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima
Stars: Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene
The Zone (2007)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out within the neighborhood's borders.

Director: Rodrigo Plá
Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez
Blonde Venus (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall
The Law (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken ... See full summary »

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo
Stars: Rasmané Ouédraogo, Ina Cissé, Roukietou Barry
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Since Luc granted a divorce to Pascale ten years ago, he paid generous alimony and left a fine country house as long as their twin sons remain at home. Pascale always acted as if she was ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Lafosse
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jérémie Renier, Yannick Renier
Moolaadé (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré
Silent Light (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Stars: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Garba Issa, Aïcha Yelena
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Ali Barkai ...
Atim
...
Nassara
Aziza Hisseine ...
Aicha, la femme de Nassara
Khayar Oumar Defallah ...
Gumar Abatcha, le grand-père d'Atim
Djibril Ibrahim ...
Moussa
Hadje Fatime N'Goua ...
La tante de Moussa (as Fatimé Hadje)
Garba Issa ...
Le voisin de Nassara
Abderamane Abakar ...
Le soldat du taxi brousse
Edit

Storyline

Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a sixteen-year-old youth, to trace the man who killed his father and to execute him. Atim obeys him and, armed with his father's own gun, he goes in search of Nassara, the man who made him an orphan. It does not take long before he finds him. Nassara, who now goes straight, is married, goes to the mosque and owns a small bakery. After some hesitation Atim offers him his services as an apprentice. He is hired then it will be easy for him to gun down the murderer of his father. At least, that is what he thinks... Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 December 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Dry Season  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Dunya
Performed by Malouma
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Intriguing and compelling follow up to Abouna
4 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this Directors first film, Abouna, utterly delightful on the second viewing, the first it dragged and I found myself checking my watch. Personally,I think there's a need to get into a different mindset for African films, they move at a much slower pace. Often, things are shown, not explained and require the viewer to work a lot harder at extracting meaning.

Darrat is no exception, there were several episodes I wondered what the point was, but they offered fascinating windows upon a society and country of which we remain in ignorance. For example, a long camera pan across a dusty street strewn with discarded plastic bags.

The characters such as the baker, unable to speak since his throat was cut, could be read as metaphors for our relationship with Africa. Does Africa and her people ever have a voice? If she speaks, are we listening? There's not much I feel I want to add to the excellent and insightful comments from previous reviewers, except I think this film can be read as that - a metaphor for African countries troubled and turbulent relations, within, between themselves and the West. The grandfathers blindness symbolises perhaps a society unable to 'see' its way forward. Or something.

A subtle, fascinating film which will repay subsequent viewings.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Dry Season (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?