Makala

2018

Makala (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Makala depicts a life that may be unusual to many viewers, but one whose essential struggles still resonate half a world away.

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In the Congo, a young villager hopes to offer his family a better future. For resources, he has his arms, the surrounding bush, and tenacious willpower. While out on dangerous and exhausting roads to sell the fruit of his labor, he will discover the value of his effort and the cost of his dreams.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

Filmgoers looking for something to explicitly counter August's summer movie exhaustion should get first in line for Makala.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

To ponder the colonial implications of a French director exoticizing a Congolese man whose family eats rats for meals is to realize that a movie can be heartwarming and heartless at once.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Emmanuel Gras' camera embraces the subject's every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it's easy to forget this is not a fictional drama.

Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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One of those sly, low-key films whose early scenes will leave you unsure whether you're watching a documentary or a drama marked by a docu-real aesthetic, Makala's depiction of back-breaking labor is as no-frills as the work itself.

May 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Interesting in a watch-at-home, National-Geographic-Channel sort of way ...

May 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Makala depicts a harsh reality, but its unexpected beauty comes from the nonchalance of its portrayal.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

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