Touki Bouki


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  

Art house classic that uses intoxicating visuals to tell a simple, though never particularly captivating, story. A young man and woman, both disillusioned with the possibilities of success offered to them in their country whose divide between rich and poor is grossly vast, decide to high tail it for the nearest port and take a ship to France. Their local elders think that France is a bad idea, as it only allows their simply-raised youths to leave conventional morality behind in search of aimless pleasures, but these two can’t stomach staying put. After being picked up by a wealthy playboy, our hero steals clothing from his intended benefactor’s home and lifts his car, using them to help get him and his companion to the next step of their journey. Director Djibril Diop Mambety meanders quite a bit between points, employing some elliptical techniques that might confuse the casual viewer, but the images are vibrant and stunning: sunlight fields and vibrant marketplaces, and some melodramatic but powerful symbolism that links Senegalese youth to oxen being drawn to the slaughter.

Cinegrit, Studio Kankourama

Senegal, 1973

Screenplay by Djibril Diop Mambety

Cinematography by

Produced by Djibril Diop Mambety,

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