Banel & Adama

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France / Senegal / Mali, 2023, 87 min


Banel and Adama are fiercely in love. The young couple live in a remote village in northern Senegal and for them, nothing else in the world exists. However, their perfect everlasting love seems on a collision course with their family’s traditions as drought strikes their community. Award-winning filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s breathtaking debut feature follows the fated lovers in their quest to carve a life for themselves beyond the expectations of others. (We Are Parable)


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English Banel & Adama is the story of a couple trying to build a future together, but one that is at odds with their socially predetermined destiny. While Banel rejects her stereotypical female role and is authentic in every situation, fighting for the right to be herself, Adama tries to do what is right, even if it is not in line with his own wishes. Adama is the center of Banel's universe, and her uncompromising pursuit of her dreams is sympathetic only up to a point. She is possessive, she goes very hard after her own and is capable of anything to achieve her goal. I'll admit that I didn't find the characters very likeable, and Banel not at all, despite being able to fully understand her in some situations. Visually the film is gorgeous, with a very nice soundtrack, and the story itself is not bad at all, but I can't give it a higher rating, something was missing. [Festival de Cannes 2023] ()

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