Aduefue

  • 1988
  • 1 HR 29 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

ADUEFUE marked the impressive directorial debut of actor Sijiri Bakaba. A lively and flamboyant assortment of characters are featured in the film which is set in a "boom town" environment in the Ivory Coast. Here the struggle to make money, to keep up with the high cost of living, and to afford the luxuries pouring in from the West have had a profound influence...read more

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ADUEFUE marked the impressive directorial debut of actor Sijiri Bakaba. A lively and flamboyant assortment of characters are featured in the film which is set in a "boom town" environment in the Ivory Coast. Here the struggle to make money, to keep up with the high cost of living, and to

afford the luxuries pouring in from the West have had a profound influence on traditional customs. Caught up in the scramble for riches is a young African of a respected family, Benson, who was educated in Europe. Returning to his hometown, Benson finds himself slipping deeper and deeper into debt

as he tries to keep up with this consumer society. Desperate to end his financial woes, Benson helps plan a robbery with Rajot, a Frenchman who owns the local nightclub. Though Benson's plight appears to be the main story in ADUEFUE, Bakaba disdains a traditional narrative--an approach with both

benefits and drawbacks. Bakaba's form makes events difficult to follow, but it deepens the viewer's involvement with these colorful people in this Ivory Coast town. The film's characters are fascinating which helps to overcome the director's rather preachy approach to his material. (In French;

English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: ADUEFUE marked the impressive directorial debut of actor Sijiri Bakaba. A lively and flamboyant assortment of characters are featured in the film which is set in a "boom town" environment in the Ivory Coast. Here the struggle to make money, to keep up with… (more)

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