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Timbuktu
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Timbuktu-2014
Timbuktu-2014

Timbuktu

2014
Drama
1h 36m
No more music, no tea, no cigarettes, no bright colors, no laughs. The women have become shadows. The religious fundamentalists are spreading terror in the region. In the dunes, away from the chaos, Kidane enjoys a quiet life. But his peace is short-lived. Kidane must face the law of the new foreign rulers determined to defeat an open and tolerant Islam. Against the humiliations and acts of brutality, Timbuktu tells of the struggle of the people, and the uncertain future of the children. (festival-cannes.fr)
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57th
78
A somewhat moving portrait of Saharan lives, with a serious bone to pick with the current oppressive military regime. For me the film moved a little too slowly overall, and some of the vignettes seemed thematically disconnected. I would like to see African films with more culture and less politics; the scene in the musicians' house was wonderful.
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36th
3
this loose patchwork of the half-lives lived under an oppressive fundamentalist occupation, punctuated by heavy handed poetic flourishes, humorous caricature and moments of jolting violence, varies in effectiveness on a scene by scene basis, but it's an admirable effort at striking a delicate balance. still a little didactic and binary to consistently fascinate me, but there are moments i won't forget in a hurry, and some which work far better than they ought due to sissako's deft direction.
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71st
77
A beautifully shot, subdued portrait of a people and place subjugated by fanatics.
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68th
84
Life in a small African town under the control of ISIL, and a joyless life it is, where music and sports are banned (a memorably haunting sequence shows men playing soccer without a ball), where sharia law only benefits those in power, and where a dispute, exacerbated by bad choices, leads to death and suffering. A haunting portrait of a world we tend to make assumptions about without really understanding, strikingly directed (the cinematography is stunning), marred only by a lack of cohesion.
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64th
21
The first half did a great job of setting up a buoyant atmosphere and cheeky tone, but then the film just smacks you with the grim reality of the situation in the back half.
Avg Percentile 52.94% from 438 total ratings
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