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Atlantics (2019)

Atlantique (original title)
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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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Mati Diop

Writers:

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)
Coumba Dieng Coumba Dieng ... Coumba
Ibrahima Mbaye Ibrahima Mbaye ... Moustapha
Diankou Sembene Diankou Sembene ... Mr. Ndiaye
Abdou Balde Abdou Balde ... Cheikh
Babacar Sylla Babacar Sylla ... Omar
Arame Fall Faye Arame Fall Faye ... Mere Ada
Ya Arame Mousse Sene Ya Arame Mousse Sene ... Grand Mere Ada
Babacar Samba Babacar Samba ... Pere Ada
Astou N'Diaye Astou N'Diaye ... Mere Souleimane
Khouda Fall Khouda Fall ... Mere Mariama
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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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Netflix acquired the film during its run at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Ghastly Sights by the Pretty Seashore
15 May 2020 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

The cinematography is impressive, which confirms in my mind that Claire Mathon was the cinematographer of the year in 2019, with this, "Atlantics," and, better yet, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire." She knows how to compose an image. Unfortunately, there's not much going on otherwise in this critically-overrated picture, but it does benefit from its numerous empty spaces and transitions being filled by lovely imagery. Lots of shots of the sea, along with wind-swept curtains and open windows, mirrors and neon strobe lights. And the eyes of the possessed women are admittedly haunting. The rest of it, however, is a mess, including a narrative that combines a "Ghosts" (1990) like supernatural romance of necrophilia with the problem of arranged marriage, some lackluster drama or social commentary on workers avenging their employer for not being paid and the risks of economically-displaced migration, and, most miserably, a dull detective story investigating a series of arson cases. All of its connected in the slightest and contrived of ways. The plot is best the longer things remain mysterious; once figured out, it's quite disappointing. But, like the central romance, which largely consists of boy telling girl she's beautiful, "Atlantics" is at least nice to look at.


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Country:

France | Senegal | Belgium

Language:

Wolof | French | English | Arabic

Release Date:

29 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dakar, Senegal See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$407,933
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1.66 : 1
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