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Les pirogues des hautes terres
Les pirogues des hautes terres (2012)
  • Director:
    Olivier Langlois
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Sophie Deschamps,Olivier Langlois
  • Cast:
    Pascale Arbillot,Urbain Cancelier,Antoine Chappey
  • Time:
    1h 35min
  • Year:
Through the accounts of a doctor and a young couple, a review of thedetermined social battle led by the rail workers in Theis in Western Africa during the 1940s.
Credited cast:
Pascale Arbillot Pascale Arbillot - Yvonne Hauterive
Urbain Cancelier Urbain Cancelier - René Barthes
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey - Albert Hauterive
Oumar Diaw Oumar Diaw - Abdou
Assy Dieng Assy Dieng - Sokhna âgée
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso - Marcel
Jacques Germain Jacques Germain - Paul Béchard
Bernard Graczyk Bernard Graczyk - Deville
Barbara Grau Barbara Grau - Solange
Youssou Ly Youssou Ly
Ibrahima M'Baye Ibrahima M'Baye - Nar Sène
Saddick Sall Saddick Sall - Père de Sokhna
Claire Simba Claire Simba - Sokhna
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin - Pierre Marie
Samuella Tin Samuella Tin - Amsa

Les pirogues des hautes terres (2012)
Not bad, not bad at all for a made-for-TV production. Some convincing acting throughout, a good, solid script, a compelling story... what more can you expect? Yes, maybe the sound could have been better, maybe the cinematography could have been a little better, etc., but all things considered this was well worth spending one and a half hours in front of a screen for.

The film tells the story of a workers' strike in post-war Senegal, a true story that it tells very well. Even though it is certainly ideologically biased, the makers do not go over the top, the condemnation of the French colonial regime is not the 'raison d'etre' of the film, this is not simply a propaganda pamphlet for socialism and workers' rights. No, this is a film about individuals and their struggle to survive, even that of the colonial elite who is well aware the world is changing around them and nothing will ever be as it was again. Well done!