Directed by French documentary filmmaker Charles Najman, Royal Bonbon is the tale of a modern-day man who believes himself to be Henri Christophe, liberator of Haitian slaves during the ...
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Directed by French documentary filmmaker Charles Najman, Royal Bonbon is the tale of a modern-day man who believes himself to be Henri Christophe, liberator of Haitian slaves during the early 1800s. King Chacha (Dominique Battraville) declares himself a ruler and his lady friend (Anne-Louise Mesadieux) a queen. When he is kicked out of Cap-Haitien, he joins up with young boy Thimothee (Benji) for a journey out of town. They end up in the abandoned palace of Sans Souci, which Chrisophe had built himself. Gathering support from the population of the next village, King Chacha lives out his dream as a ruler. Before long, he becomes a tyrant and is overthrown in a revolt.Written by
According to the director, this is the first feature length film shot entirely in Haiti and by suffering the tough conditions, electricity shortages (and no electricity at all at one key location) and a cast of first-time actors, he has produced something quite beautiful.
A story of a crazed man who imagines himself to be the reincarnation of King Christoph (the first "king" of Haiti, a former slave who headed the world's first ever black republic after the world's only successful slave revolt), it stands as an allegory of the island's own history of heroic glory followed by dismal poverty.
Short but very sweet, it is worth watching alone for the colourful imaginary, which the island, its people, its culture and Voodoo religion, bring.
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