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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Filmgoers looking for something to explicitly counter August's summer movie exhaustion should get first in line for Makala.
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.
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.
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.
Interesting in a watch-at-home, National-Geographic-Channel sort of way ...
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