The Woman With a Knife
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The Woman With a Knife

La femme au couteau

78 mins
7 / 10 (616)


A young, unnamed Ivorian intellectual returns home after a lengthy spell in Europe. Failing to reconcile his new-found modernist views with his African traditions, the man becomes haunted by the specter of a knife-brandishing woman threatening to shatter any potential relationships with other women.

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A provocative classic of Ivorian cinema, Timité Bassori’s visionary debut is steeped in psychoanalytic symbolism, charting the postcolonial tug-and-pull between African traditions and European influences. Set to a jazz-inflected score, thorny sexual politics unfurl in feverish, dreamlike imagery.

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