Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Between The Rains (2023) Tribeca 2023

A coming of age tale set in the Turkana-Ngaremara community of Kenya during a long drought. The film follows a young goat herder as he has to contend with  keeping his herd safe while at the same time going through the rituals of becoming a man.

Great looking film has a story that is messily told. While the film primarily focuses on the young herder the film has other threads as well tha aren't always integrated. For example there is a woman who is supposed to be a kind of fixer to prevent conflicts but all she does is sit in various locations and talk on her cellphone. We don't know how she really ties into anything. Additionally other details are never fully explained with the result we never have a full grasp as to what we are watching. 

Somewhere in the middle I tuned out and simply waited for some ah ha moment that never came. To be certain the film has some great sequences but it doesn't hang together.

A miss.

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