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Lili et le baobab (2006)

Aged 33, Lili goes to Africa for the first time in her life, to Agnam, a Sahelian village in the northeast of Senegal. Her local council has asked her to photograph the infrastructure they ... See full summary »


Chantal Richard


Chantal Richard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romane Bohringer ... Lili
Aminata Zaaria Aminata Zaaria ... Aminata Ly
Saïdou Abatcha Saïdou Abatcha ... Moussa
François Delaive ... Fred
Mamadou Ly Mamadou Ly ... Abou
Marie Pillet Marie Pillet ... La mère de Lili
Albert Delpy ... Le maire
Airy Routier Airy Routier ... Copain de Lili 1
Estelle Benoît Estelle Benoît ... Copain de Lili 2
Fabien Poicheval Fabien Poicheval ... Copain de Lili 3
Jean Luisi Jean Luisi ... L'homme blanc du foyer
Sada Dembele Sada Dembele ... Samba
Oumar Bâ Oumar Bâ ... Le marabout
Moussa N'Diaye Moussa N'Diaye ... Représentant du village 1
Harouna Ly Harouna Ly ... Représentant du village 2


Aged 33, Lili goes to Africa for the first time in her life, to Agnam, a Sahelian village in the northeast of Senegal. Her local council has asked her to photograph the infrastructure they financed as part of the twinning of the two towns. Although the immediate affection and curiosity that she arouses intrigue her, Lili does not really stop to take stock. The photos she has to take protect her when she feels alone and foreign, faced with the questions she is asked about her life and the children she doesn't have... In a sense, it is almost without her knowledge that Aminata, a woman her age, lays the foundations of an improbable friendship. However, when Lili returns to Normandy, something has shifted, or cracked... and she is projected differently into the life that used to be hers. She meets Moussa, an immigrant worker from Agnam. It is through him that she learns that Aminata has given birth to an illegitimate child and that she is in danger in her community. In her own awkward ... Written by Anonymous

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3 May 2006 (France) See more »

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30 April 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Before watching this hard to classify film, one must try to find out why this film failed on all fronts. "Lili and the baobab" was a box office failure. It failed to make an impression on viewers too. One probable reason for all these failures could be that it was released at a time when majority of viewers were going gaga over overtly commercial films like "Les Bronzés 3" directed by Patrice Leconte. As "Lili and the baobab" cannot fit in the auteur film category, it was summarily rejected by a small minority of auteur cinema admirers too. As far as this film is concerned, a large portion of its narrative structure is based on Chantal Richard's personal experiences. Her film addresses the universal concept of individual freedom, friendship and desire to understand different cultures. On the one hand there is Lili-a young photographer from Cherbourg. She is in Africa for a photo assignment. On the other hand there is a young African woman Aminata whose life is in danger. She is in deep trouble as she has given birth to an illegitimate child. Lili wants to do something more than a simple photo assignment for African people.After returning to Cherbourg, she decides to provide all kind of emotional, financial support to Aminata. She also experiences how illegal immigrants live. It is through these generous acts that Lili is able to know her compassionate,kind self. It is nice to learn that such a personal film is still being made in contemporary France. What could be the reason ? Most of the people would guess that as French ruled over Africans in the past, it is quite natural for them to believe that it is their prerogative to make films related to African issues. In some ways, this stance may be termed as their way of getting rid of their not so holy past.

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