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A song for freedom
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels.
tiff 2014 film #10
This film struck me like no other at TIFF.
If you want to know what it is like, really like, when your world gets taken over by regimes or fanatics that haphazardly impose their will over yours, this is the film to see. If you want to know what it is like to be helpless, truly helpless, the way many communities are in the world, this is the film to see. If you want to see the results of fanaticism, not in the big headline-worthy way (although that too) but in the insidious way it manifests itself in your daily life, this is the film to see.
Director Abderrahmane Sissako takes his time, he takes care…
Of all the films as of late that attempt to depict an unfocused atmospheric portrait of some faraway country’s cultural idiosyncrasy or oppression, Timbuktu is probably the best, because it finds the delicate line between shock and satire, between heavy emotions and an impromptu joke or two and between barbarism and touches of humanity. For a film with little story, time flies as the viewer is shown a quick succession of subtly interwoven pieces on maintaining a certain everydayness under Jihadist rule. It never feels Islamophobic, nor does it leave a very sour taste afterwards; watching it may get uneasy during some scenes, but the camera doesn’t linger in an exploitive fashion, whilst it does linger to capture the passive…
TIFF 2014 film #10
Reason for pick: Buzz from Cannes
Director Abderrahmane Sissako frames his story of the occupation of Timbuktu by Islamic fundamentalist rebels with a perfect first scene. A jeep filled with men carrying machine guns races across the plane chasing a gazelle. Several rounds are fired, and we hear a voice yell out “ no! no! we don’t want to kill him, we just want to wear him out.”
Aside from this opening shot, the extremists are not painted as banshee screaming gun firing boogymen. No, their quiet insinuation into the lives of the residents of Timbuktu is much more insidious. With Sharia law imposed, hands can be chopped, daughters taken against their and their parents will…
Do not miss this great film when it comes to a theater at a major metropolis near you at the end of the month. It has its imperfections, but they pale in significance to its elegiac sense of will. After what happened yesterday in Paris, and especially for those confused about the ties between Islam and terrorism or operating under the mistaken belief that Charlie Hebdo's provocations weren't necessary, the film's searing, lucid depiction of innocents rightfully, righteously fighting fundamentalism from within will grip you in horrified empathy.
The opening scene shows a group of men firing toward a wild animal as it desperately tries to avoid being taken down by red hot lead. The gunshots pierce the serene stillness of the surrounding land before a facet of modern warfare takes centre stage, Islamic extremists riding their vehicle, circling the perimeter of Timbuktu, capital of Mali.
Just as Katmandu has reminded the world recently that it is indeed a real place, Timbuktu was a city held captive by Islamic fighters back in 2012, which director Abderrahmane Sissako uses to give us an insight into life under their rule. We see this mostly through the eyes of a cattle herder and his young family, witnessing the oppression forced upon…
I get kind of annoyed whenever I hear Americans saying with all the pride in the world that they live in a free country. Mostly because that expression is commonly used in defense of questionable acts, but also because they say it like freedom was an exclusivity of the US. Fortunately, films like this exist and make me value every bit of liberty and democracy we have, as much as they're flawed.
The movie itself is superbly directed, the desolate and beautiful scenery is exquisitely explored, tightly edited and features some huge performances. Some sequences are definitely sticking to me for a long time, like the ball-less football and the woman singing while getting punished for it.
I don't use the word that often, but that's a picture that deserves it: Essential.
i watched this in a theatre with a ton of old people and they kept crying and screaming so
Shocking and Sad and the fact that this isn't some made up Fiction is Disturbing.
well made, and completely depressing. You should know going in it's mostly watching a stripped-down-even-for-neo-realism docu-drama about Muslims being forced into stricter confinement of religious practices.
Never was able to keep must interest while watching, just never gripped me. While being a short movie, it still felt too long due to the light story elements. Great photography, but otherwise too slow for me.
We come to realize that fear in itself is the only barrier in the world. Only by reaching some kind of enlightenment, state in which nothing matters anymore, one can redeem oneself. Because Jihadist power, like any other power, is based on manipulation of which's background is shut in the element of fear. Nothing gives more satisfaction to dictator than fear; ineptitude and helplessness to stay true to oneself. And in the end man's greatest battle is to stay who they are - open to the world and its ways yet still who they are.
Closest cinematic comparisons to Timbuktu lay in the pages of history - it has touch of neorealism, touch of spiritualism. Rome, Open City and Passion…
The title is the structure. It’s about a place, at a point in time. The “character arc” is communal.
And here I confess I’m unsure how to respond to this. I am on the record as a true believer in movies as “empathy machines” (thanks as always for that perfect phrase, Roger Ebert). I watch, I understand a little more, I care a little more. And there’s understanding here, and a generous spirit (extended even as far as possible with the sharia-imposing occupiers). And still, my first reaction is to nuke ISIS from orbit. I hate the self-satisfied smugness of abusers, rapists and murderers who convince themselves this is what God wants. Hate it. Am I not supposed to feel…
Hollywood, presuming it could ever make a film about jihadists (which is doubtful), could never make one like this. Gently paced, sober, and delicate, inhabited by real people. These jihadists are not ISIS, but they are killjoys, and sometimes killers. They don't go unchallenged, and they, at least some of them, have doubts. They follow law, with an inhuman consistency.
In this film everyone gets their say (though it is not a talkative film). I could even imagine one of the terrorists watching it and feeling justified. But it is a protest, and a canny one -- and, visually, strikingly beautiful.
That said, I myself did not find the film greatly involving. I'd like to like it more than I do. I confess that, owing to circumstances, I was forced to watch it in fits and starts over the course of 2 or 3 days, which no doubt impaired my appreciation.
Gooooooood movie. Sadly that's where it kinda stops. I feel it could've been a great movie. It had amazing desert photography that had me drooling, and a great score, but unfortunately the second act was dreadfully slow, which bogged it down to the point where I didn't care much anymore. There were way too many characters for such a miniature scale story. You can't explore much depth within it when there's nothing to be focused on, no one to be invested in. It started magnificently, with the first 30 to 45 minutes being astonishingly beautiful (look at the scene with the dying cow; or the long wide shot of the man fleeing the river). All I could think during the…
Timbuktu most appropriate movie from African region Mali. It deals real story of ruling Militant Islamic group's oppression to ordinary people that displayed barbarianism. Ansar Dine a group similar to Al-Qaeda forced people to abide Sharia Law of Islam and opposite reaction from people negative. They forbidden Games , Music and Adultery but they were smoked or discussed about Football that is no problem. Director Abderrahmane Sissako quietly done a great job to exposed barbarism in our civil world. A real tragic image of Nation's Mali boiling by Timbuktu's Narrative. Such an ironic tale of Islamist Jihadi Team's Middle-Age absurd ruling. This movie truly grabbed your attention to know what world you exist or Live where ISIS or AL-QAEDA not only terrorism there plenty more group they patron or inspired that build suffering of ordinary people.
Worth watch for me ....
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…