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A Screaming Man


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  • Actors: Emile Abossolo M'bo, Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Djeneba Kone, Hadje Fatime N'Goua
  • Directors: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V5EH6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Adam, a 60-something former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of civil war. Rebel forces attack the government while the authorities demand the population to contribute to the "war effort," with money or volunteers old enough to fight. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret.

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WINNER - Jury Prize - Cannes Film Festival
NOMINATED - Palme d'Or - Cannes Film Festival
WINNER - Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay - Chicago Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - First Prize - Dubai Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - AFI Film Festival
Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection - Denver Film Festival
Official Selection - Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Milwaukee Film Festival
Official Selection - Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Indianapolis Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - RiverRun Film Festival
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Beautifully composed, absorbing! --Todd McCarthy, indieWIRE

In every shot, Haroun puts his camera to quiet but grand use a combination of the dramatic, the lyrical, and the journalistic. --Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

Evocative! --Mike D Angelo, AVClub.com

Evocative! --Mike D Angelo, AVClub.com

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2011
Format: DVD
First things first, I've been a long-time follower and fan of the Film Movement library of foreign and indie movies. When I saw this recently, I picked it up, literally not knowing anything about the movie, but the "Film Movement" stamp on this movie was enough for me. Glad I picked it up.

"A Screaming Man" (Un Homme Qui Crie) (originally released in 2010; 91 min.) brings the tale of a father and son who are both working as pool attendants/care takers at a plosh hotel in Chad. The hotel changes ownership, and as a result the father is relegated to hotel security guard (while the son remains the pool care taker). But things get complicated further in a hurry, as the Chad government, fighting a rebel uprising, is looking for more "volunteers" for its army, and the son is volunteered/drafted. After the son goes into the army, the son's pregnant girlfriend arrives at the scene. The country drifts into ever more greater chaos. I won't give more away of the plot, you'll just have to see for it yourself how it all plays out.

I thought this was a great movie, which gripped me from start to finish. No, this isn't for everyone, as this is most definitely not your standard Hollywood fare. This movie won the 2010 Cannes "Jury Award", and it's easy to see why. Great story, great performances all around. If you are a movie buff of foreign and indie movies, you'll love this. Thank you to Film Movement for releasing this on the US market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 24, 2013
Format: DVD
Un Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man) (Mahamet-Saleh Haroun, 2010)

Despite its title, A Screaming Man is a very quiet film. It comes from Chad, which if you're not up on your African geography forms a slight bit of Nigeria's northeastern border. While I certainly can't claim to be any sort of authority on Nollywood's output, having only seen a half-dozen or so flicks that have come out of the billion-dollar-a-year-plus Nigerian/Ghanian film industries, but A Screaming Man seems about as far from the Nollywood axis as it is possible to get in African film; there is much more of Ousmane Sembene's minimalism here than there is the Nollywood push towards spectacle.

Adam Ousmane (given what I said above, no way that name is a coincidence) (Dry Season's Youssouf Djaoro) is a former swimming champ who's now the pool attendant at an upscale hotel. He has a good relationship with his twenty-year-old son and apprentice Abdel (Caché's Dioucounda Koma); Abdel feels the same basic restlessness of any late-teenager still living at home, but it's not a big point of contention in their relationship or anything. Adam's got life pretty good, all told; his relationship with his wife is great, Abdel's got himself a girlfriend, all seems to be right with the world. Until, that is, the hotel is bought by a Chinese company looking to cut costs. They install Abdel as the pool attendant and offer Adam a job as a doorman-cum-concierge; he refuses, and spends the next few weeks wandering about town in a state of high dudgeon. Meanwhile, the country is sliding slowly and inevitably towards civil war, and families are being urged to contribute what they can to the war effort. Adam's family are poor and have nothing to contribute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on October 21, 2012
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Set in the civil war-torn country of present-day Chad, "A Screaming Man" ("Un Homme qui Crie") follows the heart-wrenching story of Adam Ousmane (Youssouf Djaoro), a former African swimming champion in his sixties. As a life guard at a swimming pool of a fancy hotel in Chad, Adam has been working with his only son Abdel (Dioucounda Koma), who is also a life guard. Adam (called "champion" by other employees) loves his job more than anything, the only connection with his past.

However, the hotel's new manager is planning to downsize the number of the staff, thinking the hotel doesn't need two guards. While Abdel takes over the father's position, Adam starts working as a gatekeeper, a job he does not like. What makes Adam's life difficult is that he has been pressured by the local chief to pay money for the government army.

Resented and despaired, Adam makes a decision that will change the life of himself and his son.

Shot in Chad, the French-Belgian-Chadian drama benefits from the beautifully shot photography that conveys the atmosphere of the locations, but the film is not just about the country director Mahamat Saleh Haroun is from; it is also about the father-son relationship that has a universal appeal. In the film you will not see the war itself. The only concern for Adam is the life of his family, though things around him will not allow that.

The deceptively simple story of "A Screaming Man" may not be for everyone's taste, and the film will not tell you much about the political situations of the country, but as a drama Mahamat Saleh Haroun's film (the jury prize winner at 2010 Cannes Film Festival) will offer the viewer an engrossing experience.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary M on March 15, 2011
Format: DVD
A very nicely done film regarding a man's relationship with his adult son, with his country, his job, his wife, and, sadly, with himself, which presents the central dilemma and ultimate tragedy.

Each actor's role was well chosen by the director with understanding and creativity. The pacing is nicely timed to enable one's reflection.

With today's fresh headlines concerning many revolutions taking place all over the world, "Screaming Man" is all the more recommended.
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