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AMIN

Drama| France | 2018 | 91 min | French, Wolof, Arabic (English or French subtitles)
Director:  Philippe Faucon
With:  Moustapha Mbengue, Emmanuelle Devos, Marème N'Diaye, Noureddine Benallouche
Immigrants Story: Senegal

Amin came from Senegal nine years ago to work in France, leaving behind his wife Aïsha and their three children. His work is his life, his friends the men who live with him in the social home.

Aïsha sees her husband only once or twice a year, for a week or two, sometimes a month. She accepts this situation as a necessity: the money that Amin sends to Senegal provides for several people.

One day, Amin meets Gabrielle and a relationship starts between them. At first, Amin is reserved. There is the language barrier, his modesty. So far, separated from his wife, he has led a life devoted to duty and knew he had to remain vigilant.

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Awards:

  • Hamburg Film Festival - Sichtwechsel Film Award 

       (Germany, 2018)

Selections:

  • Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Cannes Film Festival (2018)

  • Festival du cinéma méditerranéen Manarat

       (Tunisia, 2019)

  • Seville European Film Festival (Spain, 2018)

  • London Film Festival (UK, 2018)

Film Reviews:

Faucon’s compassion for his subjects and their sacrifices is unquestionable, as is the integrity in his reluctance to milk their problems for cheap emotional effect. (...) It’s good that this measured, methodical, deeply empathetic filmmaker gives voice to those who form France’s sizable and diverse underclass; it might also be interesting, next time, to let them roar.

– The Hollywood Reporter

 

Gorgeous...a delicate portrait of displacement.

– Little White Lies

 

What it does offer is a rare glimpse into the lives of the women left behind by men who leave the developing world in search of work in the west.

– The Movie Waffler