2019 Film Reviews – 69: Atlantics [dir. Mati Diop; 2019]

It is a stain on our collective conscience that there is still a need for us to tell stories about the current migrant crisis. So large is the problem that it has almost become the stuff of ‘news wallpaper’. So perhaps Mati Diop intended to jolt us out of complacency with her decision to approach the issue in an unusual way: by examining it through the eyes of the Senegal-based women left behind by the men seeking their fortunes in Europe. Mixing unflinching social realism with a striking use of supernatural tropes, she cuts right into the soul of the crisis and presents a sorrowful tale of haunting, loss and the indifference of those fortunate enough not to experience intense suffering. Worth seeking out.

Dariush

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