A strong debut from Mati Diop. The film is grounded at the beginning in realism. There are long takes of Souleiman (just holding on his face riding in a truck) finding out they are getting stiffed for construction work done on a luxury tower project. It feels like it’s going to be a love story between Souleiman and Ada (a superb Mame Bineta Sane) as she’s being forced into an arranged marriage of sorts with a rich man
The film splits though and turns a story with magical realism combined with sort of a half police procedural. There are pupil-less women seeking revenge of the men who died (ultimately as a result of the greedy developer of the tower project), beds and buildings lighting on fire.
Diop bounces the strands off of some formally strong shots of the sun and moon (6-7 times) There is one in particular- a very nice transition going from a disco ball to the moon
Strong landscapes of the ocean and white sand
Another nice visual is the green strobe lights from the club
It does feel like a film uninfluenced by anything else- a nice breath of fresh air
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