Actress-filmmaker Mati Diop made a splash along with her realist-fantasy of courtship and capital in Dakar, Senegal at 2019’s Cannes Film Festival, the place she received the Grand Prix as the first lady of colour ever selected for the Competition section. Her function debut opens on a girl (Mame Bineta Sane) torn between her one true love (Ibrahima Traoré) and her betrothed (Babacar Sylla), then binds her fates to a monolithic tower built by a tycoon (Diankou Sembene) stiffing his laborers on cost.
In a time outside of time, in a spot made ethereal through grainy 16mm images, Lazzaro glides previous injustice and atrocity with a serenity we would all do well to emulate. Whatever quirk of the algorithm compelled Netflix to pick up this one, On Body and Soul, and Sunday’s Illness, might they proceed to obey it.
The sizable ensemble interlocks perfectly, with special concerns to Mary J. … Read MoreRead More