De retour d'Europe, un jeune intellectuel ivoirien rentre dans son pays. Outre la confrontation entre le modernisme et la tradition, il est en butte Ă une inhibition sexuelle : un fantasme, une femme brandissant un couteau, le paralyse. Ne trouvant secours ni auprĂ¨s des mĂ©decins, ni auprĂ¨s des fĂ©ticheurs, il comprendra grĂ˘ce Ă une amie gĂ©nĂ©reuse qu'il Ă©tait restĂ© traumatisĂ©, Ă son insu, par l'image rĂ©pressive de sa mĂ¨re durant son enfance.
TimitĂ© Bassori, 1969, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, 1h30 min.
Acteurs : TimitĂ© BASSORI, VIEYRA Mary, DIAMAN Emmanuel, KOUAKOU Bertin, ALLOH Danielle
DurĂ©e : 1h20
African traditions are called into question through the difficulties of a young intellectual traumatised by too strict an upbringing in Africa.
TimitĂ© Bassori, 1969, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, 90 min.
TimitĂ© Bassori wanted African cinema to unsettle the Africans. Here, the Western virus of Freudian psychology is graphically introduced into a story laid out in traditional African terms. Yet African traditions are clearly being called into question through the difficulties of a young intellectual from the Ivory Coast, played by Bassori himself, who apparently is traumatised by an overly strict upbringing in Africa. When he returns home, after a long period in Europe, he has to face up to the difficulties of readjusting to his society and to his strong sexual inhibition, made manifest by the recurring appearance of a woman brandishing an impressive knife, which paralyzes him with terror, and prevents him from having relations with women. He turns to traditional healers and medicine, but to no avail. Like in that other famous woman-with-a-knife film, he must finally confront the image of his mother.
Cast (in alphabetical order)
Director: TimitĂ© Bassori
Print source: CinĂ©mathĂ¨que Afrique (Paris)
SociĂ©tĂ© Ivoirienne de CinĂ©ma
2010 | 39th IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands | 5 February 2010 | www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/la-femme-au-couteau/
* Signals- Where Is Africa