New Restoration

A wicked tale told with wit and irony.

Georgia Brown, Village Voice

Mansour Diouf, Ami Diakhate, Mahouredia Gueye, Issa Ramagelissa Samb,

Mambéty adapts a timeless parable about human greed into a biting satire of Africa betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism. Years ago, in Dakar’s port district, a mysterious prostitute, Linguère, appeared for a few years, and just as suddenly disappeared. Mambéty imagined her history, and then discovered an ending for her story when he saw Ingrid Bergman in a Swiss play, The Visit. Now a rich old woman, Linguère returns to her village and bribes the avaricious inhabitants to kill her former lover. Mambéty’s satire reveals the implacable logic of the marketplace, the reign of the hyena.

  • Djibril Diop Mambéty
Based On
  • The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

  • Matthias Kälin
  • Wolof
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 113 mins
  • Metrograph Pictures
Additional Info
  • Restored by Eclair Digital in Vanves, France. Restoration was taken on by Thelma Film AG, Switzerland.