Senegal/France/Canada | 86 min | NR | 35mm | Dir. Joseph Gaï Ramaka
"In contemporary, urban Dakar, Karmen escapes an all-female island penitentiary, leaving behind women who cherish her and a female warden who is wilting from the heat of her passionate desire. She returns to her people and to her lawless ways, ruling her smuggling ring with a passion as resolute as a military leader, an arm as strong as a prize-fighter and seduction techniques as wicked as they are deliciously irresistible. She lures the soldier Lamine away from his wife and then keeps him a mental prisoner in order to facilitate her dirty work." (TCM)
"The effect is perhaps most readily comparable to Black Orpheus...Karmen Gei transcends tourist exoticism thanks to star GaÏ's formidable presence - here is the rare Carmen to possess rather than 'act" a sexual magnetism that's more femme vivre than fatale." - Variety
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