Thursday, November 18, 2010

moloch tropical

i bet your little pussy is just as refreshing...


the tale of jean de dieu theogene (zinedine soualem), a fictional president of haiti; once the champion of the people, elected into office and then corrupted absolutely by it, as the country crumbles around him...

yup, i really liked this. an extremely dark comedy, full of satire and some biting commentary: "'downfall' meets 'the thick of it'", is what i would stick on the poster, if i was attempting to market it. directed by raoul peck, himself a former minister for culture of haiti, the film presents a man who has simply gone insane with the power he has; isolated in his hilltop citadel, torturing the man who once championed him, but now recognises that that man no longer exists, ignorant to all sense and determined to hold on to what he has no matter what he has to do in order to do so...

the beautiful location, sharp script, interesting (if, at times, slightly cliched) characters and strong performances make this a great watch. an especially fantastic performance from zinedine soualem.

great stuff...

essentially a tv movie, i'm hoping a dvd will crop up, especially is it does seem to be doing the festival rounds...

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