Sunday, March 24, 2013

Touki Bouki

A ranch hand and a college student engage in petty thievery in an attempt to escape their dismal, impoverished lives in Senegal and make for a new beginning in France. Djibril Diop Mambety's film meshes several styles, genres, and forms and creates a sporadically bizarre and definitely unique trip, exploitative exercise in realism. Magaye and Mareme Niang are both excellent in the lead roles and the De Gaulle Memorial parade sequence is a particular standout.