“Saloum”: a tasty mix of thriller, action and fantasy in Senegal

Three mercenaries who freed a Mexican drug trafficker from prison and carried out a big coup during the 2003 coup d’etat in Guinea-Bissau, find refuge, after the accident of their plane, in a tourist residence located in the heart of heart of Sine Saloum, a region in southern Senegal. Hunted for their money, quickly spotted, they must also face supernatural forces…

Ready since 2021, broadcast in a few festivals around the world, including that of Fantastic film by Gérardmer in 2022, released in theaters last summer in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, “Saloum” finally arrives on French screens. And that’s only fair, because this feature film is a tasty mix of action and fantasy, while displaying unexpected spaghetti western influences, all in the middle of superb natural settings.

Few African films make it to the dark rooms of France, and this one proves that we are undoubtedly missing out on productions, undeniably without a big budget, but which compensate with an unbridled imagination.

The main actor, the Franco-Cameroonian Yann Gael, is not the newcomer, since he has already appeared in several international fictions, such as the recent Netflix series “1899”. We had also seen him in the soap opera straddling between Senegalese thriller and fantasy “Sakho & Mangane”, created by the Congolese director of “Saloum”, Jean Luc Herbulot, which can also be found on the streaming platform.

Editor’s note:

Salum », Senegalese fantasy film by Jean Luc Herbulot, with Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Mentor Ba… (1h25)

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