A Screaming Man (2011)
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as Chef de quartier
as Mme Wang
as The New Cook
as The Maitre d'hotel
as The Neighbor
as Noncommissioned Officer
as Soldier at Roadblock
as Soldier at Roadblock
as Young Wounded Soldier
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It's an intelligent, good-looking film and one that confirms Haroun as one of Africa's leading filmmakers.
Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's movie... shows the quiet desperation that results from inner and outer conflicts.
[Goes] in a blink from an intriguing personal-breakdown portrait to an all-out social autopsy on life during perpetual wartime.
The film is quiet and thoughtful, yet forcefully makes its point about the folly of war.
"A Screaming Man" is a quiet, tender, finally wrenching story of an individual at the intersection of the personal and the political.
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winner of the cannes 2010 grand jury prize this drama deals with the fall out of civil war in chad where this is filmed.
Disturbing yet heart wrenching, A Screaming Man is one of the most provocative films to come out of Africa. Real and raw. Prepare for the emotional roller coaster.
With the civil war raging across Chad, Adam(Youssouf Djaoro) and David(Marius Yelolo) have more immediate concerns like possibly losing their jobs at a hotel resort in the upcoming privatization but reassure themselves that they are safe due to their thirty years' service. However, their confidence proves ill-founded when David is fired and Adam is reassigned away from his precious pool and to work as gatekeeper, with his son Abdel(Diouc Koma) becoming the sole pool attendant. As you can imagine, this makes for some awkward family dinners. To make matters worse, Ahmet(Emile Abossolo M'bo), the local chief, informs Adam that he has three days to pay his share of the army tax. "A Screaming Man" is a prime example of economic and sparse filmmaking in the neo-realist tradition. While it might seem more than a little strange to outsiders the importance Adam places on his pool job, it is probably best to remember the high value of water in such an arid country as Chad. It is maybe instead the tourists who should be chided for their partying in a time of war but then they are probably just believing the government propaganda. On another level, this allegorical movie could also said to be about how scary change can be, as we get a couple of reminders that Adam is not quite the person he used to be. Of course, who knows what the future will bring any of us?
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