Touki Bouki

Director: Djibril Diop Mamb├ęty
Year Released: 1973
Rating: 1.5

A Senegalese man and his lover dream of getting Out of Africa and Into Paris, conjuring fantasy after fantasy of how they will be received once their fellow villagers see their prosperity and success. Consciously experimental, it's also frustrating and sloppy - Mambéty cuts rather indiscriminately from sequence to sequence, making it a frustrating jumble (if I gripe when Godard does it, I have to gripe here as well). The images of village life are nice, but compared to the significantly better - and funnier - pictures by Sembene, it just doesn't cut it.