Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena)

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Two youngsters attempt to escape what they perceive to be the poverty and backwardness of their native Senegal. In this movie, a boy (Magaye Niang) and a girl (Mareme Niang) try to gather the funds and connections to enable them to move to France. They believe they will find better wages and a better life there. The boy engages in a number of petty thefts to finance his ambitions but in the end cannot leave without a fetish amulet which he has lost somewhere. The girl fares better. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena)

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Audience Reviews for Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena)

  • May 14, 2014
    Sometimes hailed as a lost classic, "Touki Bouki" walks a shaky line between charming naivete and sheer technical ineptitude. The pacing is off -- certain scenes last far too long. The exposition is muddled. Ditto for the wobbly use of flashbacks. Two quirky songs are woefully overused in the score. The narrative is disjointed and sometimes defies logic. Still, this Senegalese tale of a girl, a boy, his motorcycle (memorably decorated with an ox skull) and their dream of escaping to Paris likably captures a moment in an intriguing, seldom seen culture. Put this on a double bill with "The Harder They Come" and enjoy a period taste of Third World exotica.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2011
    An avant-garde and groundbreaking Senegal masterpiece about ambition and alienation. The breathtaking landscapes and the perfect role of nature contrast the savage dreams of an inconformist low class seeking for the unreachable. How ironic that modern urban civilization usually represents the neoliberal troubles of humanity and here, in Touki Bouki, morally incorrect actions seem to be the easiest path to a "paradise" that is strongly longed for. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2009
    a film from senegal all about a young man's scheming and dreaming of immigrating to paris. the narrative is messy but there are some great images here. this is one of the 'lost' films restored by scorsese's world cinema foundation. a few of these can now be streamed for free on the auteurs site in the u.s.
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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