Run ★★★★

A simple, direct, vaguely political magical realist film that spins three good yarns out of a fairly conventional flashback structure. The biggest speed bumps are the seams between the episodes, the connective tissue isn't very artful, but the clumsiness quickly fades away while the plot moves relentlessly forward. Overall a skilled and beguiling distillation of the feeling of a time and place, made with openness and authenticity. We were told that in the Ivory Coast, where this film was made and truly needs to be seen, there are a total of three theatres. I hope it sells out at every one.

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