La pirogue


La pirogue

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Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe. (c) ArtMattan


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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

  • Dry humor alleviates the feeling of helplessness, whereas the actors, most of them amateurs, authenticate the story's real-world implications.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • For all its technical skill and good intentions, the film doesn't quite have enough dramatic momentum to push it over the top.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Touré leaves no room for sentimentality in his tale of struggle, which has a lean but adventurous, docudrama look and feel.

    Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Doug Kim

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • The pirogue practice may still be going on, but at least Touré has done his job and has made a strong film in doing it.

    Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's as sadly repetitive a story for Europe as it is for the US: would-be immigrants risking all for a better opportunity elsewhere.

    Jan 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Every moment feels human and true, from the naive optimism of the trip's sendoff to its unsparingly realistic conclusion, which trades reckless hope for quiet honor.

    Jan 24, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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