Karmen Ge´ (Karmen Gei) (2001)

Karmen Ge´ (Karmen Gei)

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The story of tempestuous Carmen, first told in a short story by Prosper Merimee and made famous in an opera by Georges Bizet, gets a new and striking modern-dress adaptation in this provocative drama with music. Karmen Gei (Jeinaba Diop Gai) is an inmate in a women's prison in Senegal; lusty, impulsive, and looking out for herself at all times, Karmen's uninhibited dancing and sensual demeanor excites the Sapphic passions of Angelique (Stephanie Biddle), the prison's warden, who allows herself … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Ga´ Ramaka
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Runtime:
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as Karmen Gei

as Lamine Diop

as Prison Gov. Angeliqu...

as Old Samba

as Madjiguene

as Superintendent
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The film becomes an overwhelming pleasure, and you find yourself rooting for Gai's character to avoid the fate that has befallen every other Carmen before her.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Gai] comes closer to any actress I can remember to personifying independence in its purest and, yes, most intimidating form.

Full Review… | August 1, 2002
San Jose Mercury News
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Ultimately betrayed by a script, whose initially ambiguous charm gives way to disorder and confusion.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Beautifully reclaiming the story of Carmen and recreating it an in an African idiom.

Full Review… | May 24, 2002
Toronto Star
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A vibrant, colorful, semimusical rendition.

April 17, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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A worthy addition to the cinematic canon, which, at last count, numbered 52 different versions.

April 10, 2002
New York Post
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