In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

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Mati Diop

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Mati Diop (screenplay by), Olivier Demangel (screenplay by)
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Mame Bineta Sane ... Ada (as Mama Sane)
Amadou Mbow ... Issa
Traore ... Souleiman (as Ibrahima Traoré)
Nicole Sougou Nicole Sougou ... Dior
Aminata Kane Aminata Kane ... Fanta (as Amina Kane)
Mariama Gassama Mariama Gassama ... Mariama
Coumba Dieng Coumba Dieng ... Coumba
Ibrahima M'Baye ... Moustapha (as Ibrahima Mbaye)
Diankou Sembene Diankou Sembene ... M. Ndiaye
Abdou Balde Abdou Balde ... Cheikh
Babacar Sylla Babacar Sylla ... Omar
Arame Fall Faye Arame Fall Faye ... Mère Ada
Ya Arame Mousse Sene Ya Arame Mousse Sene ... Grand-mère Ada
Babacar Samba Babacar Samba ... Père Ada
Astou N'Diaye Astou N'Diaye ... Mère Souleimane
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In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

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Every love story is a ghost story.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Magic realism at its finest
2 September 2020 | by elliest_5See all my reviews

If, like me, you enjoy the likes of José Saramago, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel García Márquez you are going to instantly LOVE this film. But even if you're not a fan of the genre, it will only take a tiny step of surrender to the mesmerizing sound of the ocean (almost constantly in the background, when not in the foreground of the story) for you to be completely transported.

The core components of the story are universal; primordial even: young love, separation, injustice and punishment.

This is just as much a love story as it is a story about standing one's ground and restoring moral justice. It's just as much deeply personal as it is social. For Ada, the protagonist, a young woman separated from her first love and forced into an arranged marriage, it's a matter of coming-of-age and finding her voice. For the community, it's a matter of being faced with the consequences of social injustice and a rotten system.

Both visually and in terms of storytelling, the balance between realism and the magical/supernatural element is perfect. So is the balance between the macroscopic (the vast ocean, the expansive urban landscape dominated by a giant ominous tower, the community at large) and the microscopic (the small objects that play a central role in the story - a locket, a phone, a pair of handcuffs - and the inner struggles of the protagonists - Ada, Souleiman, the detective).

The result is poetic and haunting and cathartic in the end.


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France | Senegal | Belgium

Language:

Wolof | French | English | Arabic

Release Date:

29 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dakar, Senegal See more »

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$407,933
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