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Unpredictable Nature of the River (1996)

Les caprices d'un fleuve (original title)
In 1785, Jean-Franois de la Plaine is appointed by the King governor in West Africa, in a period when slavery was the rule.


Bernard Giraudeau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Giraudeau ... Jean-François de La Plaine
Richard Bohringer ... Le commandant de Blanet
Thierry Frémont Thierry Frémont ... Pierre Combaud
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Monsieur Denis
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... L'abbé Fleuriau
Aissatou Sow Aissatou Sow ... Amélie
France Zobda France Zobda ... Anne Brisseau
Olivier Achard Olivier Achard ... Monsieur de Kermadec
Vincent de Bouard Vincent de Bouard ... Le Chevalier de Marcera (as Vincent Debouard)
Frédéric Lorber Frédéric Lorber ... Le chirurgien major
Christian Rauth Christian Rauth ... Le capitaine français
Smaïl Mekki Smaïl Mekki ... Le maître des langues
Moussa Touré Moussa Touré ... Hannibal
Denis Laustriat Denis Laustriat ... La voix du fils (voice)
Anna Galiena ... Louise de Saint-Agnan


In 1785, Jean-Franois de la Plaine is appointed by the King governor in West Africa, in a period when slavery was the rule.

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Adventure | Drama


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3 April 1996 (France) See more »

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Africa Africa See more »

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France See more »

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dare the beauty of the dark continent !
3 July 2004 | by etoukestephSee all my reviews

This story tells of the encounter of many Europeans with the 'Black Continent' in the late 19th Century, and of lessons drawn from this. Much came as a consequence of this encounter between both cultures; quite often children were left behind and the traces of an oppressive invading force left as a souvenir, the indisputable effect of the Whiteman's coming is that of deeply transformed society.

A rare contrast as compared to the often one-sided pictures on the early European arrival on Africa, this story describes the unfinished love story between the 'Old Continent' and the 'Black Continent'. What emerges is a race haunted by quite eternally unanswered questions on the choice of Europe or Africa as home, or on the colour of love.

A brilliant cast, with Bernard Giraudeau and Richard Bohringer.

The art work is quite an impressive; a beautiful capture of the local folklore and its reaction to European invasion.

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