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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Subtitled drama takes unexpected twist; strong language.

Movie NR 2019 104 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Film takes a few surprising twists, difficult to pin down the genre

A delicate feminine film that offers what happens with human desire in the face of structural inequity that pits fiscal desperation against nature and harsh immigration realities. The story we wish to hear from those who have gone to try and not succumb to a systemically unjust world. How do women heal when large groups of men disappear? How do we maintain our humanity when we are valued monetarily to the exclusion of all else? Powerful.
age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

First-time Senegalese director Mati Diop uses her clear eye to present real problems faced by real women all over the world, and that aspect of her film is to be commended and supported. Diop is the first African female director to be in the Cannes Film Festival's important Competition section, and Atlantics was awarded the festival's coveted Grand Prix in 2019.

But the film's weaknesses go beyond its difficult-to-follow narrative. There's very little character development -- we have no idea why Ada and Souleiman love each other, apart from some convincing kissing. Nor is the slightest clue or insight provided into Souleiman's personality. Women break into a rich man's home demanding money they're owed. Who are they? Why is the money owed? Why are all their eyes milky? Are they zombies? If they're zombies, why do the police seem to be treating their arrival in a rich man's home as an ordinary crime? Close to the end of the film, we discover what's really going on, but it feels like that information is coming 40 minutes too late. And then the details of the condition/situation raise even more questions, none of which are given clear or satisfactory answers. Such fuzzy artiness is bound to have limited appeal for those who like specifics.

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