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Yeelen

Posted by martinteller on April 16, 2010

An unusual African folk tale.  A young man with shamanistic powers is chased all over Mali by his father, who seeks to kill him.  The reason why is never entirely clear, from what I could gather there may have been a political allegory involved.  The film is quite well shot and performances are compelling if not especially deep.  It provides some interesting glances at Bambara culture and mythology, though I’m in no position to validate its authenticity.  The surreal, magical, ambiguous nature of the movie is intriguing, but ultimately doesn’t add up to anything exciting.  Glad to have watched it once, wouldn’t bother with it again.  And the sight of a live chicken being set on fire was rather unpleasant.  Rating: 7

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