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Ayiti mon amour (2016)

A magical fable weaves together the lives of three different people in Haiti five years after a devastating earthquake.


Guetty Felin


Guetty Felin
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Cast overview:
Joakim Cohen Joakim Cohen ... Orphée
Anisia Uzeyman Anisia Uzeyman ... Ama
Jaures Andris Jaures Andris ... Juares
Pascale Faublas Pascale Faublas ... Mother
James Noel James Noel ... Writer
Judith Jeudy Judith Jeudy ... Odessa
Simbi Duplan Simbi Duplan ... Simbi


A grieving young boy discovers he has a superpower. An old fisherman realizes the cure for his ailing wife can be found in the sea. A muse struggles to exit the story her author is penning. In Guetty Felin's magical neorealist tale, these three stories combine to create a poetic portrait of the island nation Haiti. Set five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Felin's film eschews the images that saturated screens after the disaster. While the pain of the destruction remains evident - in young Orphée's grief over the loss of his father, in the rubble of decimated buildings, in ghostly images that float beneath the ocean's surface - Felin refuses to tell a tale of victimhood. Instead, she places the island's narrative back in the hands of Haitians whose lives aren't reducible to headlines. And as her characters begin to heal, Felin suggests that the island will too. Felin taps into her past work in the documentary field, infusing the realities of modern-day Haiti with a lyrical... Written by CAMERON BAILEY

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15 September 2017 (Haiti) See more »

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Dreamy Daily Life of Haiti
29 September 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

For the wandering souls. The best way we can carry on is by dancing to the music in our hearts. Three character stories combine in the sea, sunsets, ghosts, reefs, people, poetry and dreamy daily life of Haiti.

While the film moves at a measured pace, there is a grace in it that is not covered by the mainstream media. It is refreshing and intriguing to enter a circle of fishermen on the beach who are discussing the future of the ocean and to be in the middle of a graveyard without any names on the tombstones. Why are there no names? "We are all one family," said someone nearby, unscripted, who just happened to be caught on film. The film contains more of such magical moments, yet I wish there was more depth to other discussions. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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