Directed by Philippe Lacôte
Starring Isaach De Bankolé, Abdoul Karim Konaté, Reine Sali Coulibaly, Abdoul Bah and Alexandre Desane
Run escapes... He just killed the Prime Minister of his country. In order to do so, he had to act as if he was a crazy man, wandering through the city. His life comes back by flashes; his childhood with Tourou when his dream was to become a rain miracle-worker, his adventures with Gladys the eater, and his past as a young member of militia, in the heart of the politic and military conflict in Ivory Coast. All those lives, Run didn't choose them. Every time, he felt in by running from another life. That's the reason why his name's Run.
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★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
Required viewing. This movie will transport you.
It's like nothing you've ever seen, guaranteed.
★★★½ review by Moepo on Letterboxd
Sehr schräger und einzigartiger Film allein schon deshalb weil er aus der Elfenbeinküste kommt, aber auch weil die Erzählweise konstant sehr sprunghaft ist. Das und die anfangs sehr weirden Dialoge können einen sehr schnell abturnen. Am Ende hat diese Mischung aus Mystik, Politik und komischen Humor aber eine eigenartige Sogkraft. Wobei ich zugeben muss das über den Film nachdenken unterhaltsamer ist als ihn eigentlich zu sehen.
★★★★ review by Nick Kline on Letterboxd
Propulsive, one of the best debuts I've seen in a while. First time jitters are there - critique of the neocolonial "patriotism" movement is a little simplistic, also framed in a gangster-movie rise and fall that drags a bit - but I just love how this man moves his camera. Watch Philippe Lacôte. He's got a great film in him (this isn't quite it).
Also my first Cannes "collective gasp at an act of violence" moment. Not gonna lie, that was pretty electric.
★★★★ review by Nikolai Efimov on Letterboxd
A simple, direct, vaguely political magical realist film that spins three good yarns out of a fairly conventional flashback structure. The biggest speed bumps are the seams between the episodes, the connective tissue isn't very artful, but the clumsiness quickly fades away while the plot moves relentlessly forward. Overall a skilled and beguiling distillation of the feeling of a time and place, made with openness and authenticity. We were told that in the Ivory Coast, where this film was made and truly needs to be seen, there are a total of three theatres. I hope it sells out at every one.
★★★★ review by b rad on Letterboxd
Review forthcoming - impressive film, vague and broadly drawn in parts but pretty fascinating tale all up.
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