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Touki Bouki (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on June 10, 2012

I’m not going to write much about this, my first review is a little brief but says pretty much anything I would have to say now.  When I first saw it, I gave it a 9/10 which is basically what I would give it now.  Fresh, funny, original, with lots of intriguing moments, unusual filmmaking and rich symbolism.  After I saw it, it keep getting better and better in my memory until it earned a spot in my top 100 a few months later.  Revisiting it now, I realize that was an error.  I still think it’s a wonderful film, but calling it one of my all-time favorites is off the mark.  Some of the humor rubs me the wrong way, and just as a matter of personal preference, I would never consider a movie with this much animal slaughter a “favorite”.  It has a lot to offer and some exciting aspects, but it’s really more of a once-every-five-years film for me than something near and dear to my heart.  Rating: Great


2 Responses to “Touki Bouki (rewatch)”

  1. Kevyn Knox said

    Just like silent Soviet cinema or Ozu, no matter how great he may very well be, much of African cinema seems to blend in together for me. There are aspects that are intriguing but mostly it is all the same, both thematically and stylistically. Now in order to have this silly rule of mine (and no, it probably has no sound footing in reality as anyone else knows it) there of course must be exceptions. Sembene’s work is a group exception, as is Mambety’s Touki Bouki.

    I find the film strangely fascinating. Sort of like I have been hypnotized by its cool and unsettling cadence. The way one is mesmerized by the of-kilter windshield wipers of a city bus, this is how Touki Bouki sucks one in. Okay, perhaps that is just me, but seriously this descriptive is meant in a complimentary manner. Not a great film, but certainly one you cannot take your eyes off of, for whatever reason.

    • I would definitely like to see more African cinema, I’m sure there are many hidden gems to be discovered. In terms of craftsmanship, their industry probably hasn’t progressed as quickly as other parts of the world, but there are certain to be some unique voices there. There is definitely something extremely compelling about Touki Bouki (and to a slightly lesser degree, Hyenas). I’m worried this re-review comes off a bit negative, I was just drawing a line in the sand between “really great movies” and “personal favorites”.

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting!!

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