(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.