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Makala (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Makala depicts a life that may be unusual to many viewers, but one whose essential struggles still resonate half a world away.

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In the Congo, a young villager hopes to offer his family a better future. For resources, he has his arms, the surrounding bush, and tenacious willpower. While out on dangerous and exhausting roads to sell the fruit of his labor, he will discover the value of his effort and the cost of his dreams.

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Filmgoers looking for something to explicitly counter August's summer movie exhaustion should get first in line for Makala.

August 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

To ponder the colonial implications of a French director exoticizing a Congolese man whose family eats rats for meals is to realize that a movie can be heartwarming and heartless at once.

August 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The toil becomes mythical; there are heartbreaking echoes of The Old Man and the Sea as thieves run off with some of his hard-won cargo.

February 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Tough, tough going, but rewarding.

February 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is a sad and lonely world, sympathetically captured, beautifully photographed.

February 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Emmanuel Gras' camera embraces the subject's every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it's easy to forget this is not a fictional drama.

June 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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