Wùlu

Wùlu

Wùlu

Gangster thriller with a political edge tells the story of the rise and fall of a young Malian drug trafficker, set against a civil war.

"The quiet and unassuming Ladji (Ibrahim Koma) lives an impoverished life on the streets of Bamako, Mali's bustling capital. His work selling tickets for a bus company barely pays enough to cover rent for the meager shanty that Ladji and his sister Ami (Inna Modji) call home. When nepotism bars him from yet another promotion, his desperation turns to resolve, and he decides to apply his knowledge of the transportation industry to a new career — as a drug trafficker. Ladji's expertise and street smarts enable his rapid ascent through Bamako's criminal hierarchy. But greater success means greater risks. Ladji and Ami's new, luxurious lifestyle only begets more debts, which propel him deeper into the underworld. He becomes bound up in sinister connections with Mali's military and its shadowy elite. And then the drug trade moves into Al-Qaeda territory, putting Ladji and everyone he knows in danger." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: R16, Violence, drug use, sexual material & content that may disturb95 minsFrance, SenegalFrench and Bambara with English subtitles
CrimeDramaWorld Cinema
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Variety

Variety

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Like a Malian riff on Brian De Palma's 'Scarface,' this tale of a fast-rising drug dealer reps an auspicious debut.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This modest but well-executed crowdpleaser will likely travel far and wide after its Angouleme and Toronto premieres.

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Variety

Variety

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Like a Malian riff on Brian De Palma's 'Scarface,' this tale of a fast-rising drug dealer reps an auspicious debut.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This modest but well-executed crowdpleaser will likely travel far and wide after its Angouleme and Toronto premieres.

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