Atlantics (2019)

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young refugee in Dakar longs for her lover who has disappeared after seeking work in Spain.

My Take on it – Fascinating idea that just doesn’t work well enough.

The idea to try and connect supernatural aspects within the context of this story feels very unrealistic and it’s very difficult to feel a connection to the story.

The story mixes together any different social issues including refugees, forced marriage, crime, ghosts and of course the differences between the classes.

The characters aren’t developed well enough and it’s very hard to actually care about everything that transpires despite the fact that there probably should be reason to.

The story is also presented in a very choppy way which makes it even more difficult to keep focused on everything that transpires here.

The supernatural aspect is one that is developed in a very slow way which makes things even stranger as the story progresses.

There are also some scenes that move along at a really slow pace and don’t help the story progress like it should.

The way that the story also integrates a criminal investigation into things doesn’t fit well within the context of the story and also makes things feel more disjointed along the way.

This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best International Feature last year yet didn’t win as it was up against Parasite (2019)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mati Diop, with her submission of “Atlantics” to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is the first black woman director in history to compete in the festival’s competition. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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