Xala (1975)

Impotence (Xala) is a Sengalese social comedy, filmed in the Wolof language. A rich, corrupt business executive marries for the third time for the express purpose of getting his name in the papers. After a disappointing wedding night, the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

The major problem with the film is that the exposition is not nearly as clever as the premise. After warming to the idea behind the movie, one tends to cool off as it trudges toward a resolution.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

It is part fable and part satire, but it is much more.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A cutting morality tale that blames Senegal's sociopolitical downfall both on Euro-centricity and African auto-destruction.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's very much worth seeing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Takes a cynical look at the bourgeoisie aping their former rulers.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The jokes and details are delightful, yet there's real anger behind them, and it bursts spectacularly into view in the concluding frames.

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Smart, satirical sex comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Xala" starts with the European rulers being tossed out of Senegal, followed with them being welcomed back in by the new rulers,… More