The Man by the Shore

Showed at Images 2/11/2019

Starring: Jennifer Zubar, Toto Bissainthe, Jean-Michel Martial

Set in Haiti in the early '60s during the outset of Francois Duvalier's reign of terror and ineptitude, The Man by the Shore (L'homme surle quais), the third feature written and directed by acclaimed international Raoul Peck relates the dreamlike yet tension-filled remembrances of Sarah, then eight years old. Her father, an ineffectual military officer, has fled the country with his wife, leaving Sarah and her two sisters in the care of their grandmother. Sarah's hometown is now controlled by Janvier, the ruthless leader of the local militia, and the three sisters spend much of their time hiding in their grandmother's attic while she tries to find a way to get them safely out of Haiti.

The semiautobiographical storytelling by the Haitian-born, Zaire-reared Peck has an authentic feel to it, from the keenly observant child's point of view to the pastel-colored buildings fronting the streets that incongruously evoke tropical cheerfulness. Understated yet forceful, it personalizes universal themes of free will versus oppression without resorting to political rhetoric, making one girl's experience of a brutal time bracingly immediate.

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  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“★★★★! A touching portrait of disturbed childhood mixed with stern political polemic. This is a gripping, beautifully composed and acted treatment of a terrifying era.”

– Empire