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Madame Brouette

2002, 104 min, (Extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette)
L' Winner of Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2003


Director: Moussa Sene Absa
Cast: Rokhaya Niang, Aboubacar Sadikh Ba, Kadiatou Sy, Ndeye Seneba Seck



Madame Brouette

movie poster Madame Brouette

A murder investigation frames the background for narrating the story of Madame Brouette (Rokhaya Niang) - a strong woman, who is dedicated to make a living for herself and her daughter in some poor neighborhood in Dakar, Senegal. Flashbacks are developing the events which lead to the murder of the police man Naago, who was also her boyfriend and lover. Neighbors comment on her life and her good character - did she really murder Naago or was it maybe »London Pipe«, a crook and local gangster?


Director Moussa Sene Absa used first time actors (e.g. Naago is played by Aboubacar Sadikh Ba, a school teacher), but they all are playing their part very well. Absa likes to give his movies a specific color - which are yellow and orange in this film - and uses it to increase the beauty of the natural settings. Even though »Inspector Colombo« is only a funny and incapable character in this film, pace and storyline of »Madame Brouette« also remind of the famous detective series. On another thought, famous Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene used a similar style of telling the life of the main character in flashbacks in his movie »Guelwaar«.


Another French film in competition hailed from Senegal, the lively and colorful Madame Brouette (Moussa Sene Absa, 2002) which cloaked its welcome message about female empowerment in a funny murder mystery. As with much African cinema, its most interesting aspect was a kind of Brechtian mixing of reality and artifice, represented here in the griot group that accompanies every scene providing sung commentary, harkening back to the chorus of ancient Greek drama. A big budget, handsomely mounted French-British co-production.



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