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Karmen Gei

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Proudly rapacious and defiantly erotic, Karmen (Dje+¯naba Diop Ga+¯) is both a pan-sexual force of nature and a social outlaw. Jailed in a women's prison on notorious Goree Island, Karmen turns the table on her captors by seducing beautiful warden Angelique (Stephanie Biddle) and escaping into the Dakar underworld. At the society wedding of prominent police corporal Lamine, Karmen denounces the rich guests, brawls with the bride and beds the groom. The love triangle between Karmen, Angelique and Lamine evolves into a more complex geometry that soon includes a smuggler and a charismatic singer (Senegalese pop star El Hadj N'diaye). Though Karmen's insatiable lust for life and unwavering disgust with hypocrisy sow the seeds of her operatic downfall, unlike Bizet's opportunistic seductress, this modern African Carmen is "an incongruously independent woman finally undone by her own aphrodisiac magnetism" (The Village Voice).

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  • Actors: Magaye Niang, Thierno Ndiaye, Widemir Normil, Stephanie Biddle, Aissatou Diop
  • Directors: Joseph Ga Ramaka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007GP7DC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I loved this! The first thing that grabbed my attention was the stunning Amazonian beauty of Karman. The second was the very sexy seduction between she and her beautiful female jailer... The movie had moving music, bold, bright colors, lovely scenery, and an interesting story. Yes, Karman was dangerous - the kind of dangerous you can't keep away from! She made me want to dance, sing, love, and LIVE!
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I traveled to West Africa this past year, and saw this movie for the first time while I was living there. Cinematography is gorgeous in this movie and I love the way the classic 'Carmen' storyline is adapted to West African (specifically Senegalese) culture. The main actress who plays Karmen makes this movie extra wonderful- she is absolutely beautiful and a stunning actress. If you love foreign films, and want to try out something new, watch Karmen Gei!
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This is a Senegalese remake of Bizet's opera Carmen, set in the seedy underworld of contemporary Dakar. A good point of reference might be Black Orpheus, although this film is more overtly political and challenging. The music and dance are fantastic, and well integrated into the action; it actually makes sense when these characters burst into song. And the background score is provided by the great jazz composer and saxophonist David Murray. Djeinaba Diop Gaï, the actress in the title role, is a force of nature. This gets only four stars for some spotty dialog and a few awkward holes in the script, but overall it's well worth watching and a great introduction to African cinema.
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The lead actress is stunning! Note: not in english. First saw this at an alternative film theatre. Searched it out on the internet and bought a copy.
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By Sam Mürano on September 15, 2015
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nice movie, naive art
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