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Aro Recommended Xala


aka: Impotence
Senegal 1975, 123 minutes
Dir. Ousmane Sembene
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama


Aroview: When a government official (Thierno Leye) in newly-independent Senegal marries a third wife he finds himself struck down with impotence, in this cynical satire on postcolonial politics in Africa from lauded director Ousmane Sembene (MOOLAADE).

Leye seeks a cure from a traditional healer, but gradually finds his life and status is falling about him - in an ironic metaphor for the facile pretensions of Senegal's ruling elite. Although the slow-moving rhythms require patience at first, Sembene succeeds in crafting what is finally a quite savage allegory of corruption and retribution.

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