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La pirogue (2013)

La pirogue (2013)

La pirogue



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Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe. (c) ArtMattanmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Bouchet, Éric Névé
In Theaters:
Box Office: $11.2k
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Laïty Fall
as Lansana
Moctar Diop
as Ousmane
Mamadou Korka Diallo
as Hal Pulaar/Guinean
Amadou Moussa Ba
as Hal Pulaar
Souleymane Gueye
as Hal Pulaar
Amadou Ndiaye
as Hal Pulaar
Omar Sy
as Hal Pulaar
Seydou Alpha Deh
as Hal Pulaar
Amadou Ba
as Guinean
Mamadou Ba
as Guinean
Talibe Kaba
as Guinean
Yatma Thiam
as The Wrestler Thiopet
Ousmane Seck
as The Wrestler Zazou
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Critic Reviews for La pirogue

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

Dry humor alleviates the feeling of helplessness, whereas the actors, most of them amateurs, authenticate the story's real-world implications.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For all its technical skill and good intentions, the film doesn't quite have enough dramatic momentum to push it over the top.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Touré leaves no room for sentimentality in his tale of struggle, which has a lean but adventurous, docudrama look and feel.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The pirogue practice may still be going on, but at least Touré has done his job and has made a strong film in doing it.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

It's as sadly repetitive a story for Europe as it is for the US: would-be immigrants risking all for a better opportunity elsewhere.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Every moment feels human and true, from the naive optimism of the trip's sendoff to its unsparingly realistic conclusion, which trades reckless hope for quiet honor.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for La pirogue


Baye Laye(Souleymane Seye Ndiaye) has been recruited by Lansana(Laity Fall) to captain a pirogue to Spain, consisting of thirty men. On the one hand, Baye Laye is reluctant to leave his family behind, but does not feel comfortable with having young Kaba(Babacar Oualy), who dreams of playing soccer in Spain, in charge either. What eventually sways him in going is the increase in the fee. And everything goes smoothly at first at sea even with different tribes being represented, including those from Guinea who have never even seen the open sea before. And then Nafy(Mame Astou Diallo) is discovered as a stowaway.

As social drama, "The Pirogue" does its job in shining the light on the plight of those who are desperate enough to risk their lives to make a new life for themselves in Europe. According to the endnote, from 2005 to 2010, 30,000 started out from Africa, with 5,000 dying en route. The point being made here is that even with the most meticulous preparations, some things cannot be accounted for.(Or in other words, there is no such thing as an atheist on the open seas.) Even though a documentary might not have been the best route, this dramatic presentation is far from perfect, either, even as it is well filmed. To be honest, the movie should actually have been longer, as it is rather anticlimactic.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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