Programmed by Pierre Oscar Lévy
In Congo, a young peasant dreams of a better future for his loved ones. His only wealth lies in the strength of his arms, the bushland around him and his strong will. Set out on dangerous and exhausting roads in order to trade the fruit of his work, he discovers the value of his effort and the price to pay for his dreams.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a simple yet intense film… We meet a modest, humble hero as he makes a journey that we can’t help but follow, trembling for him. Something extraordinary happens in our first-world heads, slumped on our sofas in our sitting rooms. The “misery of lockdown” becomes almost reassuring. What are we complaining about? This moral, honest movie carries us away. "One must imagine Sisyphus happy"?
Right from the opening shot, the sobriety of the precise, unpretentious editing, the pure, direct sound, and above all the unassuming yet virtuoso camera work win us over. No-one’s ever filmed a tree so well, the tree from the woodsman’s perspective. The director always films the right place from the right distance, giving us a pretty rare example of true “cinéma du reel”. Honestly, if you want to watch a powerful movie with an ascetic economy of means, this is the one for you. It’s almost a prayer. Enough to take your mind of the pandemic…
Pierre Oscar Lévy