Faat-Kine (2001)



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Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene made Faat-Kine at the ripe age of 78, nearly a decade removed from his previous release, 1992's Guelwaar. A cheerful movie of simple pleasures, Faat-Kine stars Venus Seye as the movie's eponymous heroine. Kine (pronounced KEE-neh) is the successful manager of a gasoline station in Dakar, and an unmarried mother of two, each the product of a failed relationship with a delinquent father. Independent, well-to-do, and equable, Kine flits between the demands of her job, her family and her friends with admirable composure. The movie follows Kine's activities with an unobtrusive eye, capturing matter-of-factly the eventfulness of daily life. Confrontations punctuate her relatively comfortable existence, from a tearful quarrel with her restive daughter to a roadside spat with a woman who accuses her of having an affair with her husband. Amid the bustle of Kine's day-to-day routine, the movie offers wistful flashbacks that explain Kine's complex but happy situation. The movie ends on a triumphant note at a party thrown by Kine for her son and daughter, where a climactic meeting between her son and his father offers an explicit glimpse into Sembene's outlook on Senegal's past and future. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Faat-Kine

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It is nothing less than a witty, sophisticated comedy of manners, African style.

Oct 22, 2007

A marvelous film, offering the psychological insight of Rohmer into its familial story, while contextualising it with a wise, vibrant African optimism all Sembène's own.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Mr. Sembène hasn't missed a step, and we're lucky to have him back on his path.

Oct 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/5

Faat Kine presents a wonderful, feminist, observation of Senegalese women's lives.

Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

An ebullient and resolutely feminist look at Africa's post-colonial future from Senegal's Ousmane Sembene.

Jul 30, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

Faat Kiné registers some nice music and glimpses of life in modern Senegal, but not much else.

Apr 27, 2002 | Rating: 68/100 | Full Review…

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