Two social outcasts in 19th century Eastern Europe, Alexandre and Ulysse, become friends and settle down to live alone on the edge of a marsh that is reputedly haunted by demons, monsters ... See full summary »
Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien,
Interesting yet cold film, even under the blinding sun of the desert
Doubtless, Kim Nguyen's « La Cité » shows how mature and international Quebec-based (French Canada) cinema can be, at least when it comes to production values.
Camera work and photography are great, slicing breathtaking images out of the desert, with right-on costumes and sets completing the visuals. Sound editing works perfectly too. Actors are serious and professional... and maybe too much for the movie's own good.
This is the main problem with Nguyen's work : none of his actors ever smile, and all of them seem to take life much too seriously. Humor and joy are ever absent of his movies, removing the sparks which make people usually identify with a movie's main characters.
Thus, while the main plot is interesting in itself, the characters' blandness makes it hard to stay focused on the storyline.
Bottom line : Kim Nguyen's next film will probably be great, if he keeps improving... and takes time to inject additional emotions in his characters.
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