Atlantics (Atlantique)

2019

Atlantics (Atlantique)

Critics Consensus

An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.

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Total Count: 37

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In Dakar, a group of construction workers abandon their work on a sky-scraper in response to months of withheld wages. The group then seeks better opportunities as they take to the sea. At the heart of the narrative are lovers Suleiman and Ada who must contend with Ada's betrothal to another man.

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

  • Suffice to say that, shortly after a mysterious fire breaks out in Ada's ridiculously lavish marriage bed, the story becomes both a detective thriller and a ghost story rooted in elements of local folklore, and pulled off with a light, shivery touch.

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Dreamy yet sensual, fantastical yet rooted in uncomfortable facts, Diop's beguiling film may even have reinvented a genre.

    May 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This film's power to surprise is one of its greatest pleasures, while also the source of its frustrations: don't come here looking for easy answers.

    May 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Most successful as a look at a particular milieu, which makes one wonder if Diop might have been better off just making a longer nonfiction film on the subject.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • In Diop's telling, vengeful spirits are far less frightening than the patriarchy.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's an accomplished first feature even with its faults, and Diop should definitely be on everyone's radar as a filmmaker to watch.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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