La pirogue Reviews

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June 11, 2015
Dry humor alleviates the feeling of helplessness, whereas the actors, most of them amateurs, authenticate the story's real-world implications.
August 16, 2013
For all its technical skill and good intentions, the film doesn't quite have enough dramatic momentum to push it over the top.
August 15, 2013
Tour leaves no room for sentimentality in his tale of struggle, which has a lean but adventurous, docudrama look and feel.
June 17, 2013
The pirogue practice may still be going on, but at least Tour has done his job and has made a strong film in doing it.
January 25, 2013
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.
January 24, 2013
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.
November 4, 2013
La Pirogue is small compared with most Euro-American productions and has its vulnerabilities -- but its makers trusted it to do the big job of carrying the story of African emigration, and it has come through beautifully.
August 16, 2013
The storms, quarrels and casualties don't make any emotional waves since they are clinically checked off, as if the filmmakers themselves recognize the predictability of it all and would rather just hurry on to the gloomy finale we all see coming.
January 25, 2013
Director Moussa Tour's allegorical underpinning transforms this rather predictable plot, ripped from familiar headlines around the world, into a decidedly Senegalese story.
January 23, 2013
A key to the realism is tribal and linguistic diversity so often ignored in films about Africans. . memorably captures the staggering determination it takes to go to Europe.
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