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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

Arranged to marry a rich man, young Ada is crushed when her true love goes missing at sea during a migration attempt — until a miracle reunites them.

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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