BIN­TOU

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(Si­mone Catha­rina Gaul, Ger­many). 64 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: NNN Twenty-some­thing Bin­tou is an am­bi­tious dress­maker in a Burkino Faso vil­lage. She works her butt off, par­ties with friends, val­ues her ca­reer above mar­riage or chil­dren. She’s an­noyed by the cul­tural in­equal­ity be­tween the sexes and won­ders if all men are the same.

And now Bin­tou’s child, the re­sult of a rape, has maxed out her time in a group home and must re­turn to her mother.

The story lacks ten­sion and con­flict, and Bin­tou her­self is stoic and un­emo­tional about mat­ters re­lat­ing to her daugh­ter. In the end, the pieces come to­gether a bit too tidily.

But di­rec­tor Catha­rina Gaul suc­cess­fully cap­tures the story’s key sad­ness: while Bin­tou dreams of open­ing a fash­ion stu­dio in Europe, you can’t help be­ing skep­ti­cal that a woman in her cir­cum­stance could pos­si­bly ac­com­plish this. JLC Apr 28, 9: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 7; Apr 30, 1 pm, ROM The­atre; May 2, 6 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2.

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