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TOUKI BOUKI

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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated:
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59QIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
"Touki Bouki" is a mesmerizing, wonderful film and is worth every single penny. Djibril Diop Mambety was a filmmaker with the soul of a poet and this film was groundbreaking in its unapologetic satire of neo-colonial attitudes in 1970's Senegal. The story of a young couple, Mory a cattle herder, and Anta a student, as they try anything in order to fulfill their dream of moving from Dakar to Paris ("The Little Corner of Paradise on Earth"). With superb acting and cinematography, the film is fast-paced and rich in imagery and innovative uses of sound. Funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully filmed, "Touki Bouki" is a masterpiece, ranking amongst the best films ever made in any language, on any continent. Not to be missed!
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TOUKI BOUKI is an early film by the late director Djibril Diop Mambéty (LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN). One might categorize the film along the lines of BONNIE AND CLYDE or EASY RIDER, but from a distinctly African (or non-Western) perspective. The story involves a couple who go on an adventure in Dakar, Senegal, in an attempt to raise money to go to Paris, France.
For those who are not used to the style and pace of African films, TOUKI BOUKI might take some getting used to. While the film flows at a brisk pace (at least by African standards), it doesn't follow the conventional Hollywood narrative formula.
Like most African films, TOUKI BOUKI is more concerned with the community as a whole rather than the goals of its two "protagonists." Also, you won't see the quick cutting found in most Western films, particularly those involving crime or adventure.
However, if you can get past the difference of TOUKI BOUKI compared to Hollywood films, there is much to savor here. It is a different kind of ride, but well worth it.
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Mambety's Touki Bouki is an interesting merging of high-modernist style (Godard's Pierrot le Fou, Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, Roeg's Walkabout) and localist content. The first part of the film is set in rural Senegal on the outskirts of Dakar. The first images are of oxen being herded out in the country but then Mambety juxtaposes these pastoral images with graphic images of oxen being butchered in a slaughterhouse. We can tell these images hold great symbolic significance/value for Mambety and for Mory, his main character, who rides a motorcycle with an ox skull attached to the handlebars, but not until the end of the film do we fully understand just what the ox symbolizes. Before we are introduced to the characters, however, Mambety introduces us to their world which is a disorienting blend of traditional African ways and imagery with the sights and sounds of modernity (a Mobil oil sign, the sound of a jet over a rural marketplace). The most striking thing about this world is the ease with which these two worlds seem to get along but as the film progresses we see this ease is largely an illusion. Of the two main characters Anta is the more firmly grounded (she has a job and is a student at the local university) while Mory is more of a dreamer who seems to float through these competing realities on his motorcycle rather than inhabit either one. On one level this is a love story and on another it is a coming-of-age story albeit a coming-of-age story in a very specific geographic and political context. The film is a rare visual pleasure and the images of these two lovers/rebels against a backdrop of blue ocean and sun-drenched hilltops and skies are breathtakingly beautiful and New Wave cool.Read more ›
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I guess I'm not a very sophisticated person because I was confused throughout the film. It felt like there was something missing and I had a feeling of disconnection. I was able to figure out the plot but it was hard work and I don't want to work that hard for entertainment.
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I love this film. It is so very in your face yet subtle at the same time. Its is fantastic story telling. The animal killing scene are graphic (especially for a life long veg. like myself), but they work well with in the telling of the story.

Very good intro to senegalese film.
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