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Félicité

The fourth feature from Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis takes place in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and centers on a bar singer (Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, luminous in her film debut) whose 14-year-old son is seriously injured in a motorbike accident. To pay for his surgery, she hits up family, friends, acquaintances, and, in desperation, a local mob boss. These tense and often painful encounters are played without sentiment, though in the second hour their urgency gives way to detached, dreamlike sequences showing the city's street life and to a matter-of-fact romance between the woman and her repairman. Cowritten by Gomis, Delphine Zingg, and Olivier Loustau, the meandering narrative has a lyrical quality consistent with the many musical numbers, most of which are performed by Mputu and the Kinshasa-based group Kasai Allstars. In French and Lingala with subtitles.

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