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Mandabi (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 March 1970 (USA)
A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »

Director:

Ousmane Sembene (as Usman Semben)

Writer:

Ousmane Sembene (as Usman Semben)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Makhouredia Gueye Makhouredia Gueye ... Ibrahim Dieng
Ynousse N'Diaye Ynousse N'Diaye ... Méty the First Wife (as Yunus Ndiay)
Isseu Niang Isseu Niang ... Aram the Second Wife
Mustapha Ture Mustapha Ture ... M'barka the Shopkeeper
Farba Sarr Farba Sarr ... Mbaye Sarr the Business Agent
Serigne N'Diayes Serigne N'Diayes ... Imam (as Serine Ndiay)
Thérèse Bas Thérèse Bas ... Dieng's Sister
Mouss Diouf Mouss Diouf ... Abdu the Nephew (as Moussa Diuf)
Christoph Colomb Christoph Colomb ... Water Peddler
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A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from his traditional way of living to a more modern one. Written by Brad Yasuda <byasuda@chat.carleton.ca>

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third cinema | bureaucracy | See All (2) »

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Drama

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This film has a 100% rating based on 13 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

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Ibrahim Dieng: To tell you the truth, decency has become a sin in this country. And that's why I'm going to become a wolf among wolves! I too will become a thief and a liar!
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7 April 2009 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This is partially a response to the above review by Irene Schneider. Mandabi is the second feature length film of Senegalese born director Usmán Sembén. he was also a well respected writer and The Money Order (English translation) is an adaptation of his own book. Capturing the corruption eminent in post colonial Africa by following a proud man who tries to cash a money order sent by a relative working in Paris, France. This newly arrived money turns all those around him, including the lead character into to be kindly a pack of wolves, determined to pick him for all he's got. Except he hasn't even cashed the money order yet. Slow and observant with a charming rhythmic score that engulfs the viewer, it watches a society slowly eating itself because of poverty and selfishness and no one is spared in Usmán Sembén's lament against greed and avarice. A beautifully recapped montage saves what might have been a slightly didactic if not hopeful ending. To note, as opposed to the above comment, there is nothing simple about the movie and it is as prescient today as back then and is no history lesson. To be enjoyed by all those who enjoy the movies of Satyajit Ray because the film making style is very similar to his. ** Use of Usmán Sembén as opposed to Ousmane Sembene is because the director is credited as that in the movie and it seems to be the correct rendition of the name.


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Country:

France | Senegal

Language:

Wolof | French

Release Date:

26 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Money Order See more »

Filming Locations:

Dakar, Senegal See more »

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Runtime:

| (Wolof)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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