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 à une inhibition sexuelle : un fantasme, une femme brandissant un couteau, le paralyse. Ne trouvant secours ni auprès des médecins, ni auprès des féticheurs, il comprendra grâce à une amie généreuse qu'il était resté traumatisé, à son insu, par l'image répressive de sa mère durant son enfance.
Timité Bassori, 1969, Côte d'Ivoire, 1h30 min.
Acteurs : Timité BASSORI, VIEYRA Mary, DIAMAN Emmanuel, KOUAKOU Bertin, ALLOH Danielle
Durée : 1h20
African traditions are called into question through the difficulties of a young intellectual traumatised by too strict an upbringing in Africa.
Timité Bassori, 1969, Côte d'Ivoire, 90 min.
Timité 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: Timité Bassori
Print source: Cinémathèque Afrique (Paris)
Société Ivoirienne de Cinéma
2010 | 39th IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands | 5 February 2010 | www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/la-femme-au-couteau/
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