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Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena) (1973)

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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

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Critic Reviews for Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Mr. Mambety mixes neo-realism and fantasy to create a mood of unease and aimless longing. The performances are good.

April 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This 1973 first feature by Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety is one of the greatest of all African films and almost certainly the most experimental.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

an edgy, energetic ode to youthful idealism and rebellion molded quite clearly on the rough-hewn vibrancy of various European New Waves, particularly the works of Jean-Luc Godard

January 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The final moments here, which simultaneously suggest a return to traditionalism and a new form of globalized alienation, offer open-ended ruminations on Senegal's future role in the world.

August 18, 2012 | Rating: 77/100 | Full Review…

The film does itself proud with its fantasy images.

August 31, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Touki Bouki (Journey of the Hyena)

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 Broome
Eric Broome

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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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

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