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Atlantics (2019)

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Critic Consensus: An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.

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In Dakar, a group of construction workers abandon their work on a sky-scraper in response to months of withheld wages. The group then seeks better opportunities as they take to the sea. At the heart of the narrative are lovers Suleiman and Ada who must contend with Ada's betrothal to another man.

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Ibrahima Mbaye
as Moustapha
Diankou Sembene
as Mr Ndiaye
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I really enjoyed trying to puzzle through this and I was very impressed by the tonal balance that Mati Diop pulls off here.

January 24, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

[It] deftly melds fantasy and romance in a complex portrait of migration.

December 23, 2019 | Full Review…

[Atlantics] can occasionally feel stretched and thin in certain spots, like a cracking medium-length film padded out to feature runtime. Still, that's no matter, because the film's real coup is the victory it scores for greater perspective.

December 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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[Diop] has woven all these concerns and more into a bewitching and masterful film unlike any you've ever seen.

December 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Yet the film is so convinced of its seriousness and artistic prowess (gorgeous, long and inherently disturbing shots of the ocean abound) that it becomes mildly, and pleasingly, intoxicating.

December 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The French-African director practically invents a new genre - Senegalese gothic - and does it with such insouciance that all you can do is rub your eyes. It's so beautiful.

December 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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