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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 22, 2005
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Magaye Niang, Stephanie Biddle, El Hadji Ndiaye & Thierno Ndiaye Dos|
|Directed by||Joseph Gai Ramaka|
|Music by||Yande Coudou Sene, Julien Jouga, Doudou N'Daye Rose & El Hadji N diaye|
|Screenwriting by||Joseph Gai Ramaka|
|Produced by||Richard Sadler|
|Director of Photography:||Bertrand Chatry|
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Wobbly Senegalese updating of "Carmen" which is best for the stunning star turn by Djeinaba Diop Gai
Rating: 4/4 -- The film becomes an overwhelming pleasure, and you find yourself rooting for Gai's character to avoid the fate that has befallen every other Carmen before her. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Ultimately betrayed by a script, whose initially ambiguous charm gives way to disorder and confusion. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Karmen moves like rhythm itself, her lips chanting to the beat, her long, braided hair doing little to wipe away the jeweled beads of sweat.
San Francisco Examiner
Rating: 2/4 -- A worthy addition to the cinematic canon, which, at last count, numbered 52 different versions.
New York Post
...Beguiling and peppery....Enormously likeable, partly because it is aware of its own grasp of the absurd...
New York Times
Rating: 3.5/4 -- [Gai] comes closer to any actress I can remember to personifying independence in its purest and, yes, most intimidating form.
San Jose Mercury News
Senegalese director Joseph Gai Ramaka re-imagines Georges Bizet's oft-filmed opera CARMEN--from Preminger's CARMEN JONES to MTV's CARMEN: A HIP-HOPERA--in a joyously sensual, colorful musical set in modern-day Dakar. Karmen Gei (Ramaka's wife, Djeinaba Diop Gai), a stately beauty in tribal robes, leaps and shakes to primal drummers in the seaside town's square, surrounded by cheering townswomen, and trains her seductive powers on Angelique (Stephanie Biddle), the prison warden. When Karmen is arrested, a steamy assignation with Angelique wins her release. Once free, Karmen rapidly sings and dances her way to another conquest--this time, of a high-ranking army officer, Lamine Diop (Magaye Niang). With her endemic charisma and dangerous sexuality, Karmen achieves Lamine's downfall instantaneously--he soon finds himself demoted and jailed. Meanwhile, Karmen's voracious appetite leads her to a new suitor, wealthy balladeer Massigi (El Hadj Ndiaye), who literally sings her out of Lamine's bed. While planning a job with some criminal friends, Karmen has a vision of women in whiteface, the death's head--a warning that her carefree life may be in danger. With primeval drumbeats, haunting music, and a screen-commanding performance by Diop Gai, Ramaka provides a sensual new twist on the Carmen myth.
- THEATRICAL RELEASE: APRIL 10, 2002 (NY)
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