Critic Reviews for Saloum
It is a supernatural undertaking, but Herbulot never lets you forget that his protagonists are made of worn flesh and strong but completely breakable bones.
Strap in; Jean Luc Herbulot's Saloum is nothing less than 84 minutes of pure African genre mayhem, with little interest in pausing long enough for you to catch your breath.
Spirituality, morality, mythology, and mysticism get thrown into a gritty crime thriller blender, culminating in a refreshingly unique type of genre-bender.
Freely mixes and marries the cinematic languages of spaghetti Westerns, samurai dramas and classic monster movies to tell an exciting and distinctly African story.
The film weaves together supernatural horror elements with comedy and suspense. All aspects come together to create a unique story about how the cycle of revenge can come back to haunt you.
It takes a skillful hand for a film such as this to work as well as it does; particularly as its story shifts tones and genres with gleeful abandon. Thankfully, writer/director Herbulot and writer/producer Diop are up to the task with Saloum.
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