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The Night of Truth (2004)

La nuit de la vérité (original title)
La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by 'Le président', and the Bonande rebels ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moussa Cissé Moussa Cissé ... Col. Theo Bogwanda (as Commandant Moussa Cissé)
Georgette Paré Georgette Paré ... Soumari
Adama Ouédraogo Adama Ouédraogo ... Président Miossoune
Naky Sy Savane Naky Sy Savane ... Edna (as Naky Sy Savané)
Yves Thombiano Yves Thombiano ... N'Gove (as Capitaine Yves Thombiano)
Claude Kaboré Claude Kaboré ... Youba (as Capitaine Claude Kobaré)
Sami Rama Sami Rama ... Fatou (as Sami Rama Goumbané)
Rasmané Ouédraogo Rasmané Ouédraogo ... Tomoto (as Rasmane Ouedraogo)
Odilia Yoni Odilia Yoni ... Awa
Cedric Zida Cedric Zida ... Honoré Bogwanda
Raissa Andrea Yoni Raissa Andrea Yoni ... Mina Bogwanda
Troupe Naba Yaadega Troupe Naba Yaadega ... Themselves
Blandine Yaméogo Blandine Yaméogo ... Woman Painter
Serge Henry Serge Henry ... The driver
Ben Idriss Zoungrana Ben Idriss Zoungrana ... The journalist


La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by 'Le président', and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Theo, there is some sign of peace negotiations. But not everyone is in favor of peace and one can feel the tension. The night of truth starts with a festive dinner, but the village idiot Tomoto always seems capable of ruining the attempts for peace with violence and provocation. Written by spijker_nl

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Release Date:

6 July 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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War is ridiculous, but peace is just uncomfortable.
28 February 2008 | by peapulationSee all my reviews

Satire is the unlikely but true definition that comes to mind after seeing this film. The third world civil war situation seems to be ridiculed, in the sense that the whole third world society is accused of being ridiculously immature and unable to even know what war means.

War here is portrayed as something nobody knows about. Just as politics are. Politics are even shown as almost intellectually non existing. And yet, they all seem to take each other so seriously. Even the man with some of his wits gone seems to be as serious as the others, and this becomes very clear in the prologue, when he freely speaks to his captain. You'll have to see yourself why that is.

But is war is portrayed as ridiculous, the peace talks are portrayed as even more ridiculous. It seems these two sides really had nothing to talk about, but as long as they exist, there will always be such a war. Peace won't last because there will always be someone strong enough to command the poor and hungry that it's somebody else's fault.

It does get lengthy, though. The climax of the dinner party occupies half of the film and moves at slug's speed. But perhaps that's what the director wanted, to make the whole thing look uncomfortable. Though this works, it is to some extent, because it doesn't seem to be working on a narrative and viewer to plot point of view.

Satire is the word that comes to mind. A bitter and monstrous satire that unfolds the onion like layers of a ridiculous civil war that can be only a half fictitious example for the many ridiculous civil wars that are going on today but that nobody ever hears much of.

WATCH FOR THE MOMENT - The mad man brings in a drum into the peace celebration. The tension crops up, as the beating of a drum can ruin the whole peace process.

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