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Sia, the Dream of the Python (2001)

Sia, le rêve du python (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 May 2002 (USA)
Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. When a girl named Sia is the next to be sacrificed, she hides in the house of the village idiot, a man who goes ... See full summary »


Dani Kouyaté


Moussa Diagana (play), Moussa Diagana (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Fatoumata Diawara ... Sia
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Wakhané
Habib Dembélé Habib Dembélé ... Le griot
Hamadoun Kassogué Hamadoun Kassogué ... Kerfa
Ibrahim Baba Cissé Ibrahim Baba Cissé ... Mamadi
Kardigué Laïco Traoré Kardigué Laïco Traoré ... Kaya Maghan
Marietou Kouyaté Marietou Kouyaté ... L'impératrice
Fily Traoré Fily Traoré ... Kélétigui
Kary Coulibaly Kary Coulibaly ... Le coiffeur
Abdoulaye Komboudri Abdoulaye Komboudri ... Le froussard
Ahmed Kadio Ahmed Kadio ... Le prince
Djeneba Diawara Djeneba Diawara ... La mère de Sia
Toumansé Coulibaly Toumansé Coulibaly ... Le père de Sia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sangaré Bréhima Sangaré Bréhima ... Background
Fanny Touré Fanny Touré ... La vendeuse de dolo (as Fantani Touré)


Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. When a girl named Sia is the next to be sacrificed, she hides in the house of the village idiot, a man who goes around shouting hyper-aggressive criticisms against everything. Sia is found by the soldiers but the army commander had for some time prepared a revolt against the emperor and saves Sia on the way. Will Sia reveals the terrible secret she learned about the Python God ? Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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France | Burkina Faso



Release Date:

24 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,313, 24 May 2002, Limited Release

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A play of Shakespearean aspirations cannot fit the screen
13 February 2009 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

It is clear that the stage play must have been a searingly powerful experience. There are numerous metaphors proceeding simultaneously, and most of them are pointedly identifying sins of modern politics. It makes me wish I could have been there.

In an attempt to translate this to the screen, the artifice that comes natural to the stage feels awkward. The photography and the staging try to appear at least somewhat realistic. As a result, characters come across as one-dimensional instead of being archetypes. The acting seems wooden at times rather than being larger than life. The violence that would never be realistic on stage cannot make up its mind here.

But in all, it is still a wonderful document. There is a powerful punchline at the very end (last 10 seconds) that is not to be missed, and it pushed this up to a 7 for me.

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