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also known as La nuit de la vérité

The Night of Truth2004

  • 4.2
Fanta Régina Nacro portrays the insanity of modern African history as Shakespearean tragedy in her debut feature film, a theatrical parable in which the ghosts of civil wars past haunt a nation's fledgling peace. Recalling recent conflicts in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and the Congo, the film opens in a mythical African country as a truce between two warring factions is finally called by the rebel group's Colonel Theo, a man whose seemingly noble actions hide a haunted past. The president's wife, though, has other plans, as does this play's Holy Fool, the mad Tomoto, whose constant ethnic baiting lays the seeds of doubt. Acted in a highly stylized manner that well matches its tale of courtly intrigues, ghosts and madness, THE NIGHT OF TRUTH is one of the most original African films of recent years, capturing, as Nacro writes, "the image of life pushed to an extreme intensity." - Jason Sanders

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It's simply a shocking film about hatred, violence, and reconciliation. It's no fairy tale, but a very direct and brutal admission of the price people need to pay for being able to live with one another after committing mutual atrocities.

The film might be technically poor, but it makes up for it with a powerful story. If you want to look at the other side of Tanovic's "No Man's Land," watch it.

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It's simply a shocking film about hatred, violence, and reconciliation. It's no fairy tale, but a very direct and brutal admission of the price people need to pay for being able to live with one another after committing mutual atrocities.

The film might be technically poor, but it makes up for it with a powerful story. If you want to look at the other side of Tanovic's "No Man's Land," watch it.

1 member likes this review
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Three days later and I am still haunted by this commentary on the gender-driven "human experience", where the single intersection is with the merely Eternal.

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