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Aya de Yopougon (2013)

Love stories in Yopougon, a neighborhood of the Ivory Coast capital.

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Marguerite Abouet (screenplay)
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Aïssa Maïga ... Aya (voice)
Tella Kpomahou Tella Kpomahou ... Bintou (voice)
Tatiana Rojo Tatiana Rojo ... Adjoua (voice)
Jacky Ido ... Ignace / Hervé / Moussa / Basile / Sidiki / Arsène (voice)
Emile Abossolo M'bo Emile Abossolo M'bo ... Kossi / Dieudonné / Gervais / Père Mamadou / Dame marché (voice)
Eriq Ebouaney ... Hyacinthe (voice)
Pascal N'Zonzi Pascal N'Zonzi ... Bonaventure Sissoko (voice)
Atou Ecaré Atou Ecaré ... Simone Sissoko (voice)
Claudia Tagbo Claudia Tagbo ... Jeanne / Alphonsine (voice)
Sabine Pakora Sabine Pakora ... Koro / Modestine (voice)
Jean-Baptiste Anoumn Jean-Baptiste Anoumn ... Grégoire (voice)
Djédjé Apali Djédjé Apali ... Mamadou (voice) (as Djedje Apali)
Mokobé Traoré Mokobé Traoré ... Le DJ (voice) (as Mokobé)
Corinne Haccandy Corinne Haccandy ... Félicité (voice)
Diouc Koma ... John Pololo (voice)
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Storyline

In warm Ivory Coast's working-class district of Abidjan or Yop City, the nineteen-year-old aspiring doctor, Aya, dreams of finishing her studies despite her father's opposition. But, Aya lives in a poor West African township during the 1970s, where getting married to a rich man and starting a family is every girl's aspiration--at least, that's what Aya's best friends, Bintou and Adjoua, are hoping for. Under Yopougon's bright sun, three girls, three different destinies and three parallel lives intertwine, as life keeps going. Will Aya's ambitions ever come true? Written by Nick Riganas

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Join the African groove. Meet... Aya of Yop City.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 July 2013 (France) See more »

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Aya of Yop City See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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French visa # 122161 delivered on 16-6-2013. See more »

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D.I.S.C.O.
Written by Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger
Performed by Ottawan
(1979)
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Both interesting and boring
1 December 2013 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

Adapted by the authors, Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, from their comic book "Aya de Yopougon", the film of the same name left me with mixed feelings. I was interested throughout but, as the story unfurled, I realized I had to fight yawns. Strange as it may seem, the paradox is easily explained: the substance is rich and challenging whereas the form is dull and unimaginative. Worst of all, "Aya de Yopugon" is talky, talky, talky. As a result, boredom constantly threatens to win the game. Fortunately, the worth of the story ends up saving the day. Well, let's stay positive and concentrate on the qualities of the film. The time, place and characters (all stemming from Marguerite Abouet's experiences) attract the viewer's attention. Yopougon (a poor area of Abidjan, Ivory Coast), a seldom seen location, and the time (the late 1970s, during president Houphouët-Boigny's tenure), a rarely described period, are well documented, colorful as well as informative. Abouet knows what she is talking about and it shows. Even better, the cartoonist, through the characters she has created (Aya, a serious- minded high school student, and her two fickle friends Bintou and Adjoua), succeeds in moving from the general to the particular, the portrait of the particular district of Yopougon being a (possible) extrapolation of the whole African continent, at least as it was three decades ago. And a sour portrait for that matter. If we take Yopougon as a scale model of African society, we find that it is made of machos, womanizers, cheaters, nouveaux riches, lazybones on the male side and, on the female one, man hunters. Of course this statement needs be nuanced, but some of the evils that have been plaguing Africa are openly - and quite rightly - denounced here. Which is confirmed in the - bitter - ending : will a talented girl like Aya really be able to become a doctor as she dreamed she would ? Nothing is less certain and... less depressing. The biting social commentary is what makes "Aya de Yopougon" an ultimately watchable adult cartoon. Too bad its dull style prevents it from being the masterpiece it could have been, in the league of "Waltz with Bashir" or "Approved for Adoption". But, in the end, even though you will not have had the time of your life, you will not have wasted your time, which is not that bad after all.


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