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also known as Grand comme le Baobab

Tall as the Baobab Tree2012

  • 4.1
  • passes the bechdel test
In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her eleven-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. A powerful voice from Africa's young generation, TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing at the outer edge of the modern world... where questions of right and wrong are not always black and white. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family's remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family's survival, their father decides to sell eleven-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from a fate she did not choose.

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"...poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity." - Kerensa Cadenas, Indiewire

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A very gripping, emotional family drama. "Tall as the Baobab" is engaging in it's strength and beauty. Very enjoyable.

Good movie, heart-breaking movie, a movie worth watching.

Beautifully acted and filmed.

One wants it to turn out differently.

But the fact it doesn't really nails it, giving a most lively visceral understanding of these lives in this place and time.

Wonderful pacing and gorgeous cinematography. Story left me upset since I'm a father and can't stand to see children abused in any way.