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Reviewed by euroGary 6 / 10

A confusion of genres

'Atlantics' is a film that confusingly shifts genres. It starts as a social drama, when we meet Ada and Souleiman, a young couple in Sénégal. They arrange to meet in a bar one night, but on arrival Ada discovers Souleiman and his friends, frustrated at not being paid for a number of months for their work on a building site, have set sail in a small boat for Spain. This leads to several tedious scenes of Ada moping about, but she still has options: she is, after all, just days away from her wedding to the wealthy and flash Omar.

At this point the film shifts into a police procedural, as Omar's house catches fire and a young, impatient police officer becomes convinced Souleiman is the culprit. Then the film arrives at its final destination - that of supernatural thriller - when the detective and several of Ada's friends contract a mysterious illness.

The lead role of Ada is played by Mame Bineta Sane, but I can not help wondering if one of the young women playing her friends would have done a better job: perhaps it is an attempt to portray Ada's misery, but Sane delivers many of her lines with little apparent enthusiasm - and if the lead actress is not interested in the film, why should the viewer be? Actually the film is engrossing in terms of the mysterious illness and whether Ada and Souleiman will be reunited. And a film set in non-English speaking Africa is always going to be unusual to Western audiences. So it is worth seeing at least once.

Reviewed by xamanijnr 9 / 10


I love the standard and team you worked with to create this. I am happy this movie has a nomination already. cheers

Reviewed by trpuk1968 10 / 10

very feminine film which this man enjoyed

Maybe a little slow for some however worked well and rewarded my patience. Far from being confused as to what genre it is, it seemed pretty clear to me it's a love / ghost story set in contemporary Dakar, Senegal. There's something of a social commentary / realist element and for me it was interesting opening a window on to the lives of young Senegalese women, as well as the customs of an Islamic marriage in West Africa. There's a nice shot of the girls walking along the beach, dressed up to go to the bar, very much like their contemporaries would in any other major city - they wouldn't look out of place in Manchester say and that connecting felt nice, emphasising how much more we have in common than the differences.

There's repeating shots of a misty sea - the sea in Freudian terms symbolises the mother. The central character, a young woman getting married with the expectations of eventual motherhood. If the sea here is the mother it's also the cause of death - her true love, not the man she'll be marrying, has apparently become one of the many drowned in the mediterranean, making the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe in the hope of a better life. In death is life and so on. This is a movie working more on symbolism and allusion rather than straightforward narrative arc. The sterility of a marriage built upon status and material possessions is contrasted with the vitality of a relationship built upon truth and love - the emptiness of the marriage bed, the sterility of the white room, the bland surroundings of the upscale bar where Omar drinks fruit juice from a straw, child like, perhaps a comment about the infantilising of the supposedly sophisticated.

The director produces something properly cinematic with superb composition, backed up with a marvellous synthesizer score, some very nice moody shots of the city at night. This film works best on mood and atmosphere, attempts at shoe horning it into the conventions of narrative are liable to be frustrated. You need to open yourself up and try to empathise with the character, the lead actress is fantastic in the emotions she conveys through expression and body language. It's a film using the language of cinema as I say, symbolism, allusion. You need to 'feel' this film I think, it will frustrate intellectual analysis and to do so misses the point. It's there to be experienced. It won't be for everyone. Still, I'm delighted to see the torch of the art movie now carried forward by a female Senegalese director and her team who can rightfully take their place in a distinguished canon of Senegalese and indeed African film artists.

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