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A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France.
Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl is dense with cool fury.
[An] intimate, straightforwardly realistic drama.
Mr. Sembène makes his point neatly and dramatically.
Sembene keeps his metaphors under control, and the result is a message movie with an unusual depth of characterization.
The weakness of Black Girl is in its slow, journeyman style; one feels that Sembene learned filmmaking by making this film.
Sembene imbues objects with significance, not only on a symbolic level, but in a way so profound that they seem to carry supernatural power.
suggests powerfully how colonialism and its mindset does not immediately dissipate once a country has achieved independence
Black Girl - often called the first important African feature film - can be interpreted as a mere penetrating personal drama, but it's impossible to look at this film apolitically.
Running only 65 minutes the movie is compact, but extremely potent; Sembene's simple camera setups articulate great poetry. It's a movie of dashed hopes and unexpected beauties, and it's a masterpiece.
Historical importance aside, it's startling how elementally lyrical, how starkly political, the watchful, heightened naturalism of this essential masterpiece is.
Paints a broad story of oppression that's specific in its details.
[font=Century Gothic]"Black Girl" is an incisive allegory from Ousmane Sembene about the relationship between France and Senegal, made shortly after Senegal's gaining its independence. Diouana(Mbissine Therese Diop), like many others in Dakar, is unemployed and looking for work. Luckily enough, she finds work as a nursery maid for a French couple(Anne-Marie Jelinek & Robert Fontaine) who have three young children. At the beginning of her employment, Diouana brings them a native mask as a gift. When they move back to France, they bring along Diouana but they mislead her as to what her responsibilities will be, leaving her to feel exploited and trapped inside an apartment all day long as she is separated both from the vibrant France she imagines and the support system she left behind in Senegal. To add to this, she suffers the condescension and lack of respect from the other French people she encounters as she serves them at the dinner table.[/font]
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