A Donoma production in association with DACP Films. (International Sales: Donoma Prod., Paris.) Produced by Laurence Lascary. Executive producers, Djinn Carrenard, Salome Blechmans. Emilia Derou-Bernal.
Directed. written, edited by Djinn Carrenard. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (World Cinema), Oct. 12, 2010. Running time: 140 MIN.
With: Emilia Derou-Bernal, Salome Blechmans, Sekouba Doucoure, Laura Kpegli, Vincente Perez, Matthieu Longatte. Laetitia Lopez.
(French, Spanish, dialogue)
Electrifying drama and patience-testing talkfest are housed under the same roof of "Donoma," a wildly uneven debut for Haitian-born, French-based one-man band Djinn Carrenard. Demanding attention on the strength of its riveting examination of love, faith and identity among a loosely connected group of Parisians experimental pic would benefit from losing a good 20 minutes of the largely improvised dialogue. A challenging commercial road lies ahead following the film's Pusan world preem, but fests and appropriate smallscreen outlets should check it out. Carrenard could be one to watch.