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Brightness (1987)

Yeelen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 29 April 1988 (Japan)
A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director:

Souleymane Cissé (as Solomani Sisé)

Writer:

Souleymane Cissé (screenplay) (as Solomani Sisé)
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Complete credited cast:
Issiaka Kane Issiaka Kane ... Niankoro, le fils
Aoua Sangare Aoua Sangare ... Attou, la jeune femme Peul
Niamanto Sanogo Niamanto Sanogo ... Soma le pere / Djigui the twin
Balla Moussa Keita Balla Moussa Keita ... Rouma Boll, le roi Peul
Soumba Traore Soumba Traore ... Mah, la mere
Ismaila Sarr Ismaila Sarr ... Bofing, l'oncle
Youssouf Tenin Cissé Youssouf Tenin Cissé ... Le petit garcon d'Attou
Koke Sangare Koke Sangare ... Le chef de Komo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youssouf Coulibaly Youssouf Coulibaly
Manzon Coumare Manzon Coumare
Souleymane Coumare Souleymane Coumare
Sidi Diallo Sidi Diallo
Nadje Doumbla Nadje Doumbla
Zan Doumbla Zan Doumbla
Bremira Dumbla Bremira Dumbla
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Djigui the twin: [subtitled version] But last night I saw a bright light cross the sky and stop before me. It said, "Djigui, the threat hovering over the Bambaras will strike the country, but spare your family." That restored my hope. In the same dream, I was also told this: "Your descendants will undergo a great change. They'll be slaves, and deny their race and faith." All upheavals are full of hope. The woes I saw in my dream will be turned to the Bambaras' advantage. I also see that many peoples will covet ...
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not exactly a movie, in the Western sense
29 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I appreciate the effort behind YEELEN. It is certainly different. The film is a folktale complete with lots of magic and simplistic outdoor sets. It literally looked as if the director went into the semi-desert countryside and filmed this legend using whatever villagers he could find. The sets and acting were very natural and the monsters/spirits were people wearing simple costumes inspired by traditional tribal paints and masks. My problem with the film is that it is less a MOVIE in the Western sense, but more like the work of a ethnologist or sociologist filming a tribal folktale. So, this is important as a preserved record of their culture, but honestly, to me it became awfully dull and ponderous after a while. You really need to have a strong motivation to watch this and can overlook the slapped together quality of the film.


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Language:

Bambara | Fulah

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Brightness See more »

Filming Locations:

Dilly, Mali See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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