TIFF 2016 Movie Review: WULU (France/Senegal 2016) ***

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wulu_poster.jpg WULU (France/Senegal 2016) ***
Directed by Daouda Coulibaly

Starring: Quim Gutiérrez, Dembele Habib, Ndiaye Ismaël

Review by Gilbert Seah

Malian director Daouda Coulibaly’s debut is a no-nonsense tense crime drama/political thriller that traces the rise and fall of a low-level transit worker turned drug trafficker.

When the film opens, the audience sees Ladji (Ibrahim Koma) advising his apprentice on how to load a bus with customers – to maximize fare. The ambitious Ladji forces himse on his boss who smuggles drugs. Ladji succeeds but more money means more responsibilities and more debt.

Director Coulibaly ties in the political unrest ion the story as well as Ladji’s rites-of-passage. The trial of the film WULU is the dog’s rite, one part of 5 rites, that the audience is to figure out what it is about.

Coulibaly’s film is absorbing but it occasionally attempts to achieve much more than it can chew. Coulibaly always has the audience rooting for handsome Ladji, whether he is doing right or wrong.

The audience will be able to experience drug trafficking in the environment of West African poverty.

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