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Atlantics (2019)Atlantics (2019)

Atlantics (2019)

A poetic drama from Senegal

Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

7.0

movie

Belgium, France

Arabic, English, French

Discussion-sparking, Thought-provoking, Weird

2019

Female director, Mati Diop

Abdou Balde, Amadou Mbow, Amina Kane

106 min

Synopsis

Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.

Our Take

7.0
Staff

A poetic and peculiar movie from Senegal about a girl who is forced to marry a wealthy businessman instead of her love interest. The latter, a poor construction worker, embarks on a risky journey across the sea to Europe. The story takes a supernatural turn thereafter, one that is unlike anything seen before in stories around immigration, but one which makes sense. Still, the excellent acting and the long takes that immerse you in what life is like in Senegal, both in and out of the margins of society, are the reasons to watch here. Atlantics’ characters are believable and will capture your interest throughout the usual and unusual parts of the movie. They provide rare insight into narratives that most of us have never been exposed to.

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Willa5678

This movie, originally titled “Atlantique” skillfully blends love, magic and the global dynamics of poverty. Beautifully and unapologetically showing the many sides of Senegal. Some may find the ending unsatisfying, others will find it triumphant.

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