Belgium/Netherlands, 2019, 85 min, Dir. Bas Devos, Not Rated, French with English subtitles, Cinema Guild
"Stunning... A delicate miniature that’s magnificently humanist, occasionally amusing and shot in a palette of rich, saturated nighttime hues." —Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
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After work one night, Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb), a fifty-eight-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels, falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line and has no choice but to make her way home on foot. On her long, nocturnal voyage home, she has a series of encounters: with a security guard, a convenience store clerk, a group of teenagers. She asks for help and she gives it and slowly, steadily makes her way. Director Bas Devos’s lightness of touch combines with the richness of Grimm Vanderkerckhove’s 16mm images to create a small wonder of humanistic storytelling. Ghost Tropic is a testament to the everyday drama of immigrant life and insists on the possibility of goodness and beauty, even in the dark of night.
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