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Le ballon d'or (1994)

The story of Salif Keïta, first "Ballon d'or d'Afrique" (African Golden Ball).






Credited cast:
Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah ... Bandian
... Isabella
Habib Hammoud ... Bechir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mody Sory Barry ... Radio Kankan
Amara Camara
Mariam Kaba ... Fanta
Salif Keita ... Karim
Aboubacar Kolta ... Bouba
Lamua Kouyate ... Sara


Bandian (Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah) is a young Guinean boy from the village of Makono, and fan of Roger Milla. On the soccer fields, his teammates call him "le Turbo". When his been offered a real leather ball, he paints it in gold. Karim (Salif Keïta), the coach of a soccer team, welcome him in his formation center in Conakry. Written by cdang

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Release Date:

13 April 1994 (France)  »

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The Golden Ball  »

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Twelve-year old African boy hopes to become new Roger Milla and starts his soccer odyssey, facing all kinds of problems on the way
23 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is actually one of my favorite movies. It gives good insight in the daily problems that young Africans like Bandian face and the culture they grow up in. I myself think it's horrible to see that his parents, with the help of some medicine man, decide what Bandian should do and shouldn't do with his life. But it's also a film of joy and hope. Bandian meets new friends on the way and learns about trust and forgiveness. The film paints great pictures of the African landscape. By the way, if you're a soccer fan, you'll probably like the action scenes of Bandian performing magic on the ball. I'd give it a 8 out of 10 rating.

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