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La pirogue Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2013
Touré leaves no room for sentimentality in his tale of struggle, which has a lean but adventurous, docudrama look and feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2013
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2013
Given the film's neo-neorealist imperative, the real achievement here is affecting detail within an observational approach.
January 23, 2013
[It] touches, subtly, on issues of faith, feminism and a faltering world economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2013
There's enough filmmaking talent evident throughout that you wish the journey were more satisfying overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2013
A remarkably cleareyed, quietly ambitious film ...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
January 22, 2013
What distinguishes it is not the depiction of danger and loss at sea, but a deep understanding of West African culture. Unlike such glib Hollywood issue pictures as Blood Diamond, The Pirogue is rich with authentic details.
May 21, 2012
This universal story could easily serve as a dramatically gripping primer on topical immigration issues to schoolchildren across the globe, from Arizona to Afghanistan.