A Screaming Man (PG)

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Time Out says

Tue May 10 2011

Tensions between fathers and sons and a background of war rear their ugly heads again in this remarkable fourth film from Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (‘Bye Bye Africa’, ‘Abouna’, ‘Daratt’). Haroun’s simple framing and meditative, chat-free storytelling offer a wise parable about ageing, pride and conflict in modern Africa. Here, economics and war disrupt the routine of Adam (Youssouf Djaoro), who, having been a swimming champion in 1965, now spends his days guarding a hotel pool, helped by his son Abdel (Diouc Koma). There’s news on the radio of an escalation of war and financial pressures cause the hotel’s bosses to transfer Adam to guarding the hotel’s gate and replace him with his son. Not long after, Adam makes a fateful decision to contribute to the war effort in a way that has serious repercussions for him and his family.

Haroun filters grand themes and issues into the most personal of stories, but he also creates space for reflection so that we can accept this as much more than a Chadian or even African tale. It’s an intelligent, good-looking film and one that confirms Haroun as one of Africa’s leading filmmakers.
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PG

UK release:

Fri May 13, 2011

Duration:

92 mins

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Andy K

Sad to say I found this rather overated, solid enough with some nice cinematography and good central performance, but no way as good as several people have made out.

Andy K

Sad to say I found this rather overated, solid enough with some nice cinematography and good central performance, but no way as good as several people have made out.

\Peter Ludbrook

A superb film, one of the best I've seen this year.It's an object lesson in how to tell an affecting story in a subtle yet direct way. It's cinematic style reminded me of both Ozu and Bresson. The ending is deeply moving without descending into the mawkish sentimentality so many film makers equate with deep feeling. Undoubtedly a 5 star movie.

\Peter Ludbrook

A superb film, one of the best I've seen this year.It's an object lesson in how to tell an affecting story in a subtle yet direct way. It's cinematic style reminded me of both Ozu and Bresson. The ending is deeply moving without descending into the mawkish sentimentality so many film makers equate with deep feeling. Undoubtedly a 5 star movie.