Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) Reviews

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July 21, 2021
It asks a lot from the viewer, but pays them back two-fold
July 21, 2021
Mostly it plays like a dream - menacing, surreal, hard to shake even in daylight.
July 20, 2021
The freshness of the approach, combined with the substance of the stories, works the same strange magic on the viewer as on the inmates. It is easy to be swept along.
March 11, 2021
It is perhaps too short to fully explore the themes it raises, or even to fully explain them for a wide audience. But when the prisoners fall under the story's spell, it's magical stuff.
March 11, 2021
This is a film steeped in myth and ritual, besotted with secrets, history, and imagination -- with a clear eye on the Ivory Coast's politics.
March 11, 2021
It's a transcendent love song to the magnificence of storytelling - how words can create a legend and also soothe, heal and, in some cases, save lives.
March 10, 2021
This is such a beautiful and strange movie.
March 1, 2021
Lacôte is a master at staging hectic crowd scenes in which chaos suddenly arranges itself into patterns, connections, and poetry.
February 26, 2021
In capturing and preserving a long-standing oral tradition, he has arrived at both a persuasive vision of the past and a hopeful glimpse of the future. Like all good storytellers, he leaves you wanting more.
February 25, 2021
Night Of The Kings captures the elusive recent past of Ivorian political turmoil. It's also, perhaps just as significantly, an entrancingly fun time at the movies.
February 24, 2021
A power struggle and a ritual practiced by the collective within a microcosm of society housed under the oppression of the state, and a powerful demonstration of the transporting, and liberating, power of narrative.
February 20, 2021
Director Phillipe Lacôte balances despair and levity, humanizing the forgotten through a potent blend of African fables, improvisation, and hope-however fleeting.
February 7, 2021
The film succeeds in this measure by giving every single performer a distinct personality no matter the screen time.
December 30, 2020
An assured, energetic piece of epic filmmaking, one that celebrates how storytelling, oration, and folklore teach us about our past so we might change our present.
December 30, 2020
Philippe Lacôte's restless film - a rare United States release from Ivory Coast - braids together its struggles for survival to suggest an entire country fighting to emerge.
October 3, 2020
Night of the Kings is a riveting and radiant tribute to the power of storytelling, which gives voice to voiceless, humanity to the demonized, and hope to the hopeless.
September 24, 2020
Lacôte's film features stories within stories and can be downright confusing to follow , but is never less than mesmerizing.
September 22, 2020
With this venture, Ivory Coast writer/director Philippe Lacôte firmly establishes his place among the greatest African filmmakers.
September 18, 2020
A stunning work.
September 12, 2020
The results are frequently engrossing and formally inventive, even if the finale arrives abruptly, and with a whiff of inevitability.
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