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Life Is Rosy (1987)

La vie est belle (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 15 June 1988 (France)
Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Papa Wemba ... Kourou
Bibi Krubwa ... Kabibi
Landu Nzunzimbu Matshia ... Mamou
Kanko Kasongo ... Nvouandou
Lokinda Menji Feza ... Nzazi
Kalimazi Lombume Riva ... Mongali
Mazaza Mukoko ... Mama Dingari, la mère de Kourou
Tumba Ayila ... Le nain Emoro
Mujinga Mbuji Inabanza ... Cherie Bondowe
Bwanando Ngimbi ... Maitre Nganga
Pépé Kallé ... Pépé Kallé
Alamba Engongo ... Le chauffeur de Nvouandou
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maître Nono ... Maître Nono
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Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the loud wife of a club owner, and he falls in love with Kabibi, a virginal young woman who wants to be a secretary. Meanwhile, Nvouandou, the club owner, childless after twenty years of marriage, wants a second wife and determines to marry Kabibi. Mamou pretends to approve of the match, but behind her husband's back, she pushes Kabibi into the arms of Kourou. Can Kourou win Kabibi's hand and fulfill his dreams of being a singer; can Mamou recapture the affections of Nvouandou? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fun and frolics in Zaire
18 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

A simple tale, and a well-rehearsed one perhaps. A young man from the country travels to the 'big city' and tries out his luck making music.

It's lively, colourful, constantly moving and musically enjoyable. The characters tend to border on caricatures (clearly deliberately so), and the overwhelming cheerfulness and optimism of the movie makes for an enjoyable time.

It's not the ideal choice for anyone looking for a profound and revealing account of life in Zaire, it's much too frivolous for that. On the other hand it does provide a revealing sketch of street-life in Kinshasa which viewers from outside Africa may appreciate.


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