Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) gives an extraordinary performance as Maria Vial, the formidable owner of a coffee plantation in a former French colony in Africa. But the country is gripped by civil war and her terrified workers flee as increasingly violent clashes between the army and the rebel militia grow ever nearer. As brutal and heavily armed soldiers advance, the headstrong Maria stands defiant in the face of impending disaster.
Do you like your coffee dark and bitter?
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Set 'somewhere in Africa' this frustrating film was apparently shot in Cameron. Critical reviews contain too many spoilers, so be warned. The story as such unfolds slowly. No-one hurries in Africa. It is a depressing view of life, torn apart by civil war and the rule of the gun. Having travelled across Africa in the 70's I like to catch films set there. But this brutal portrayal is devoid of any love, humanity or tenderness, let alone humour for light relief. Not a 'feel good' movie you would recommend to a friend. It never rains. No insects. No impressive views of the terrain. I can't remember anyone smiling.
If this is life in modern Africa, I am glad to have travelled there in happier times. It was a wonderful experience I will always cherish.
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