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Atlantics (Atlantique)

2019 | 1h 44m | Drama, World

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In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Suleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

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In lesser hands the blend of gothic romance, teen drama, sci-fi, and - later - police procedural might have fallen apart. But Diop manages to make these elements feel like one whole.
★★★★☆ | Read in full: Atlantics (Atlantique) movie review Tom Barnard We Love Cinema

What others think

Atlantique may not be perfect, but I admired the way that Diop did not simply submit to the realist mode expected from this kind of material, and yet neither did she go into a cliched magic-realist mode, nor make the romantic story the film’s obvious centre.
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
Mati Diop announces herself as a major new talent with this Gothic-tinged romantic mystery.
David Jenkins Little White Lies
As it ventures further along its spellbinding path, Atlantics remains a deeply romantic work that magnetized the fears of people trapped by their surroundings and striving for the companionship that can rescue them from despair.
Eric Kohn IndieWire
Though all at once a forbidden love story, a piece of science-fiction and a brittle account of illegal migration, Atlantics is above everything a vastly enterprising piece of storytelling from Senegalese actor and filmmaker Mati Diop.
Beth Webb Sight & Sound
In this haunting social lament Mati Diop pulls off shifts from social realism to genre mysticism with a poise as supernatural as the force that overtakes her young lovers.
Sophie Monks Kaufman Empire

'Atlantics (Atlantique)' Movie details

Director

Mati Diop

Stars

Abdou Balde Aminata Kane Ibrahima Mbaye

UK release date

29 Nov 2019
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