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A Cargo to Africa (2009)
"Un cargo pour l'Afrique" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  August 2009 (Canada)
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Back in Canada after an exile of over 20 years in Africa, Norbert a one time hood and revolutionist now turned humanitarian wishes only to return to Africa. Stuck amidst the red tape ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Pierre Lebeau ...
Norbert
Julien Adam ...
Christophe
Louise Richer ...
Mme Greesall
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Lucien
Manuel Aranguiz ...
King patron
Claude Aubin ...
Police officer
Marie Ange Barbancourt ...
Véronique B.
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Belle Mort
Jean-Guy Bouchard ...
Tattooed man
Guy Boudreault ...
S.P.G.A.Q director
Alexandre Cadieux ...
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Gaston Caron ...
Zoo keeper
Rock Demers ...
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Sonia DeRome ...
Girl on telephone
Claude Desparois ...
Angry man
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Back in Canada after an exile of over 20 years in Africa, Norbert a one time hood and revolutionist now turned humanitarian wishes only to return to Africa. Stuck amidst the red tape bureaucrats of Canadian immigration, he hopes to find exile by way of cargo boat. Before his departure he meets a young delinquent boy, named Christopher, who insists that Norbert finds a refuge for the Capuchin monkey he must abandon before taking his trip back home. Christopher convinces Norbert to place Trotsky, the monkey, at the local zoo and then drop him off at his mother's home near Quebec City, where Norbert will take the cargo boat that left without him back in Montreal. Written by durj1964

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30 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I mean, really? It's budget was less than the catering bill of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. There were no special effects. No guns, no explosions, no profanity. The actors might be famous in Quebec, but they were unknowns to me. Yet I found myself caring deeply about them, almost from the first second. The lead didn't ham it up or go all Jim Carrey on us. If anything, he was so dour it was a miracle I cared what happened to him. But that studied rumpled fatigue made his happy moments so much more real and genuine. Heck even the monkey was a better actor than most Hollywood starlets. It was a buddy film and a coming of age film rolled into one. Yeah, you have to put up with English subtitles, I wondered if that was why the movie seemed so authentic, because I could not pick up on poor vocal performance, but I don't think so. Some things seemed rushed, some simplistic, but they were tiny minor hiccups in a great swath of competent film making. The lighting was great as was much of the cinematography. There were only a few moments where it looked like a home movie, and those were swept away by the compelling story. That story became Homeric, kinda like Oh Brother Where Art Thou. A thoughtful ending and a solid helping of all the art film touchstones, bureaucracy, genocide, man's inhumanity to man, but with a fundamentally decent and sweet undertone that made it a joy to watch. If you can put up with subtitles, and some people just can't, you will love this flick. Oh yeah, the music, how could I forget such a beautiful elegiac soundtrack? So perfect and so profound that the emotional ton of bricks does not hit you until the credits roll and that last haunting song begins to play.


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