Adu

Three people, three stories, one thing in common: Africa.
We must not forget that we come here for the art of cinema, not for politics, economics or documentary. This is probably the first mistake of the film: because instead of showing us Adu’s situation, the weight of his life, from a cinematic perspective, diverts us towards a slightly politicized discourse.
We have a Spanish director who pulls all the strings towards Morocco and the line of immigrants crossing to Europe, but who forgets to say that many arrive in Europe through the Balkan chain or through Italy. Anyway, back to the movie… Every time he catches a good thread (killing the elephant, talking to little Adu in the village, the death of the immigrant over the wall, the arrival of his daughter from Spain, etc.) he leaves him only to launch into other problems that deep down to a clear film. He has Adu at his disposal, with whom you could hardly act at such an early age and who is doing very well, then he also has Luis Tosar who played excellently in “Mankam duermes” (2011), but not it offers space, it doesn’t let them show us Africa, the one torn by so many problems (how good was “The Last King of Scotland” 2006 or “Hotel Rwanda” 2004). It is not the operator’s fault, because the image is well fixed, but the director’s desire to include as many as possible towards a single point: Spain.
A big minus: why do the actors speak English but if you look at their mouths, they seem to be dubbed? Couldn’t it really be possible to get the version in French (there you can see that I speak this language) and in Spanish?

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