Madame Brouette | Chicago Reader

Madame Brouette

A Senegalese street vendor (Rochaya Niang), divorced and notoriously disdainful of men, persuades her best friend to dump her physically abusive husband. Ironically she herself then falls for a smooth-talking cop with criminal tendencies; abandoning her feminism for material success, she opens a cafe with the help of his shady connections, but eventually his greed and temper threaten her business and her daughter's safety. Moussa Sene Absa directed this socially conscious 2002 drama, whose catchy score—combining pop songs, ballads, and chants by a griot chorus—help it over some strident passages and clunky metaphors. In French with subtitles. 104 min.

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