Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) (2003)
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In a lonely seaside village that functions mainly as a transit point, themes of belonging, departure, immobility, rootlessness, tradition and transientness are explored. The feeling of serenity of the villagers home keep at bay their overall isolation and solitude.
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Critic Reviews for Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)
Manages to delight without much of a story.
Though talk in the film often turns to death, Khatra's enthusiasm and love of life keep the movie surprisingly upbeat.
A film that will be best appreciated by those willing to endure its extremely languorous rhythms, Waiting for Happiness is ultimately thoughtful without having much dramatic impact.
Takes you by the face, strokes your cheeks and coos beseechingly at you: slow down, shake off your tensions and take this picture at its own breezy, distracted rhythms.
Strikingly beautiful visual mood piece that resembles in many ways the refreshing intensity of an Ozu family drama.
A skilfully shot film, with startling images and a gentle pace that frequently comes to a full stop just to capture the rhythms of life in an earthbound purgatory.
Sissako's slender narrative takes its time reaching its ambiguous conclusion.
Once the audience figure out what's being said, the filmmaker's relative passivity will make it tough for them to really care.
A spellbinding African film about the modern condition of rootlessness, a state experienced by millions around the globe.
The beautiful, unusual music is this film's chief draw, but its dreaminess may lull you to sleep.
Audience Reviews for Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)
This African film is boring by design, as it reflects a community trapped by borders both physical and psychological. Like the characters, it lacks a clear goal or much kineticism, but it is nonetheless a well-made depiction of human beings in stasis.More
An interesting movie that centralizes on a small village where certain individuals are dealing with various emotions: loneliness, unhappiness, and the need to belong. A college student returns home, and feels like an outcast. A mother hopes that her only son will want to settle, and feel comfortable at home. A young boy seeks to learn the trade of his mentor. An individual missing the companionship of an old friend who left years before.
Cast- Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Khatra Ould Abdel Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, and Nana Diakité. Worthy!
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