July 1, 2006 |
A cinematic poem full of wondrous images, the 2002 Mauritanian film "Waiting for Happiness" focuses on modern life in a small coastal village and all its apparent incongruities. Our entry into this world is through a young man who returns to visit his mother before going abroad. He has forgotten the native Hassanya language, wears western clothes and his foreignness isolates him. He observes the activities through a small window, immobilized between two cultures.