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Karmen Geļ (Karmen Gei) Reviews

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Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Wobbly Senegalese updating of "Carmen" which is best for the stunning star turn by Djeinaba Diop Gai
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 4, 2002
Interesting and thoroughly unfaithful version of Carmen
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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
Ultimately betrayed by a script, whose initially ambiguous charm gives way to disorder and confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2002
It's sexy, muscular and fast in a way that transcends logic to become something wondrous.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
August 2, 2002
Karmen moves like rhythm itself, her lips chanting to the beat, her long, braided hair doing little to wipe away the jeweled beads of sweat.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 10, 2002
Enormously likable, partly because it is aware of its own grasp of the absurd.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 1, 2002
[Gai] comes closer to any actress I can remember to personifying independence in its purest and, yes, most intimidating form.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
April 10, 2002
A worthy addition to the cinematic canon, which, at last count, numbered 52 different versions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 2, 2002
Lead actress Gaļ, she of the impossibly long limbs and sweetly conspiratorial smile, is a towering siren.
April 10, 2002
The production design, score and choreography are simply intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 17, 2002
A vibrant, colorful, semimusical rendition.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
April 30, 2002
A violent initiation rite for the audience, as much as it is for Angelique, the [opening] dance guarantees Karmen's enthronement among the cinema's memorable women.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 24, 2002
Beautifully reclaiming the story of Carmen and recreating it an in an African idiom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2002
The film becomes an overwhelming pleasure, and you find yourself rooting for Gai's character to avoid the fate that has befallen every other Carmen before her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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