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Atlantics (2019)

Atlantique (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama | 29 November 2019 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Mame Bineta Sane ... Ada
Traore Traore ... Souleiman
Coumba Dieng Coumba Dieng
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdou Balde Abdou Balde ... Cheikh
Omar Dieng Omar Dieng ... Pere D'Omar
Matar Diouf Matar Diouf ... Policier 'Pierre'
Aminata Kane Aminata Kane ... Fanta
Asta Kane Asta Kane ... Mere Fanta
Ibrahima Mbaye ... Moustapha
Amadou Mbow ... Issa
Diankou Sembene Diankou Sembene ... Mr. Ndiaye
Nicole Sougou Nicole Sougou ... Dior
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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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Drama

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Country:

France | Senegal | Belgium

Language:

Wolof | French | English

Release Date:

29 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantics See more »

Filming Locations:

Dakar, Senegal See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$344,938
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1.66 : 1
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Mati Diop, with her submission of "Atlantics" to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is the first black woman director in history to compete in the festival's competition. (NYT 5/22/19) See more »

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Enigmatic Ghost Story
5 December 2019 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

An enigmatic film that unfolds like a satisfying ghost story.

Set in Dakar, Senegal, the film's main female protagonist is Ada, in love with Suleiman but promised in an arranged marriage to the wealthy Omar. Suleiman goes missing with a bunch of other men who set sail across the Atlantic for Spain and better opportunities, and the film is largely about the women they leave behind to think about them and possibly mourn for them. But the ghost story part comes in when mysterious occurrences suggest that the spirits of the men may be possessing various townspeople and carrying out the men's wishes in their physical absence.

Like many films I've seen this year, a theme in "Atlantics" is the disparity between the haves and the have nots. Omar promises Ada a life of sterile comfort, but Suleiman offers love and affection, if economic hardship. It's also a window into the world of those we hear about in the news but rarely see as people, those who emigrate to other places in an attempt to find something better. And it's also about the few choices available to women living in certain parts of the world. But none of this is communicated to us through preaching or lecturing. The movie is more than anything an ethereal love story.

Grade: A-


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