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La pirogue Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
June 11, 2015
Dry humor alleviates the feeling of helplessness, whereas the actors, most of them amateurs, authenticate the story's real-world implications.
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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
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Doug Kim
Seattle Times
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
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
January 23, 2013
Given the film's neo-neorealist imperative, the real achievement here is affecting detail within an observational approach.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 23, 2013
[It] touches, subtly, on issues of faith, feminism and a faltering world economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 22, 2013
A remarkably cleareyed, quietly ambitious film ...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
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.