Aristotle's Plot

I'm not a part of the target audience for this allegory about narrative conventions in moviemaking and their relationship to real life and African cinema, because I'm not a big fan of out-and-out allegory or the restrictive notion of national cinema. But this expository narrative broaches some crucial, fascinating issues. Cinephilic and cinephobic characters in a southern African town are involved in a war of words (and guns) about what the nature of African cinema is or should be. As a voice-over condenses some of the concerns of this 1996 movie's maker, Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Quartier Mozart), the iconic characters' confrontations represent, with building impact, ideas about the effects of action-cinema tropes on real people—leading to a thought-provoking climax that examines what it may mean to portray death in a cinema where resurrection is as inevitable as a sequel. With Seputla Sebogohi, Albee Lesotho, and Ken Gampu. 72 min.

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