Dir: Alain Gomis
France | Belgium | Senegal | Germany | Lebanon/2017/ 123 mins/Lingala/French
Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. When Félicité’s son has a terrible accident she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. Barfly Tabu offers to help. Félicité’s sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.
“Evolves into something far more sensually complex than it initially seems….the film’s jangling, diverse musical soundtrack practically functions as a screenplay in itself… unruly, occasionally rapturous film” Hollywood Reporter
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