Faat-Kine (2001)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
New Yorker Films

Watch it now


Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Faat-Kine

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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

October 22, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Sembène hasn't missed a step, and we're lucky to have him back on his path.

October 21, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

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

July 30, 2003
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2002
Apollo Guide

Despite the film's shortcomings, Sembene's generosity and humanism are inspiring.

Full Review… | October 21, 2001
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Faat-Kine


Movie takes a long time to develop and follows a fairly linear line straight to the end. Acting can seem off par at times almost as if the actors really didn't care that much about the film.

Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson

Faat-Kine Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Faat-Kine on our Movie forum!

News & Features