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Le Franc

  • Film

Time Out says

Diop-Mambéty's short final part of the trilogy he began way back when with the acclaimed Touki Bouki is a winning cautionary tale about a poor Senegalese congoma player who wins the lottery. Shot (in beautiful colour) in a lively composite style that brings to mind the experimental freshness of '20s Soviet cinema, it veers easily and joyfully between realist, surrealist and almost-documentary modes, with jangling camera angles and a foot-tapping soundtrack featuring music in French, English and Arabic (including a delightful Tom Waits-like, deep-toned vocalist). It's a satire, of course, on Senegal's economic and social contradictions (the S. Franc has recently devalued, the lottery's an irrelevant fantasy), delivered as the sweetest of pills.
Written by WH

Release Details

  • Duration:44 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Djibril Diop-Mambéty
  • Screenwriter:Djibril Diop-Mambéty
  • Cast:
    • Aminta Fall
    • Dieye Ma Dieye
    • Demba Bâ
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