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  • Summary: Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined toNot far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 28, 2015
    100
    Each scene is breathtaking, such as a long shot of a river at a key moment, and an unforgettable soccer game played with no ball. Timbuktu deserves every accolade it gets.
  2. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    Jan 30, 2015
    100
    The movie's Islamists aren't true believers but a bunch of thugs. A madwoman who dismisses them with a blunt word has much greater moral authority.
  3. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Feb 20, 2015
    100
    A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 6, 2015
    91
    Sissako, a Muslim, frames his story as a cry against religious intolerance. One of the characters, speaking of jihadism, says, “Where is piety? Where is God in all this?” It is the central question of this movie – and of much more now than this movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 28, 2015
    83
    In essence, Timbuktu is about how farce turns into terror.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 28, 2015
    80
    Sissako’s methods are confrontational, yet never to the point that you feel you’re watching sacrificial lambs instead of people caught in a horrible situation. In this terrible context, madness and death are blessings. It’s living that’s the curse.
  7. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jan 26, 2015
    70
    Timbuktu is hard to grasp, as befits the sand-blown setting and the mythical status of the name. The more you try to define the movie, the faster it sifts away.

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  1. Feb 15, 2015
    8
    A powerful, insightful look at what happens when dogmatic fundamentalism is allowed to hold sway over a devout, peace-loving people looking toA powerful, insightful look at what happens when dogmatic fundamentalism is allowed to hold sway over a devout, peace-loving people looking to live their lives in everyday ways. This very deserving Oscar nominee for best foreign language film exposes a cynical, hypocritical, bullying power structure for what it really is -- and why it desperately needs to be removed from control. This isn't the easiest picture to watch at times, but it makes its statement in an undeniably clear way, one that, one would hope, inspires reformers to step to the forefront to bring about much-needed change. Expand

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