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  • As a Man (2001)
  • 90 min | Drama, Romance
As a Man (2001)
90 min | Drama, Romance

El Hadj is studying in Paris. He is one of the young Senegalese men who have come to Paris since the French colony became independent to get a good education so that he can serve his fatherland on his return. Unexpectedly he is suddenly ...See moreEl Hadj is studying in Paris. He is one of the young Senegalese men who have come to Paris since the French colony became independent to get a good education so that he can serve his fatherland on his return. Unexpectedly he is suddenly confronted by a problem with his residence papers, just because he has arranged an extension too late. His pleasant life filled with good prospects has gone in one fell swoop. He faces a dilemma. He can stay illegally in France, the country where he feels at home, where he has his friends, has fallen in love and can drink water from the tap. Or he can return (without graduating) to the 3rd-world country of Senegal to use the knowledge he has acquired. It is not only a practical choice. It comes down to the question of who he is, who he thought he could be. Gomis' impressive feature début looks at the theme of uprooting both on an existential and emotional level. The everyday confrontation with a different culture makes an apparently simple project difficult and chaotic. Gomis: 'Exile means distancing oneself: abroad you are confronted with yourself. Who are we and which of our thoughts can resist the obtrusiveness of the other world? Probably only that which is really our own essence.' Written by Anonymous See less
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Xavier Christiaens (adaptation) (dialogue) | Alain Gomis | Pierre Schoeller (adaptation) (dialogue) | Nathalie Stragier (adaptation) (dialogue) | Marc Wels (adaptation) (dialogue)
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Release date
Jan 2002 (United States)

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35 cast members
Name Known for
Djolof Mbengue
El Hadj Diop El Hadj Diop   See fewer
Delphine Zingg
Myriam Bechet Myriam Bechet   See fewer
Samir Guesmi
Khalid Khalid   See fewer
Théophile Sowié
Demba (as Théophile Moussa Sowié) Demba (as Théophile Moussa Sowié)   See fewer
Bass Dhem
Chérif Chérif   See fewer
Thierno Ndiaye Doss
Le père (as Thierno Ndiaye) Le père (as Thierno Ndiaye)   See fewer
Louis Beyler
Teacher Teacher   See fewer
Éric Franquelin
Judge (as Eric Franquelin) Judge (as Eric Franquelin)   See fewer
Sylvia Wels
Lawyer Lawyer   See fewer
Alioune Ndiaye
El Hadj as a child El Hadj as a child   See fewer
Marie-Louise Mendy
El Hadj's mother El Hadj's mother   See fewer
Francois-Noel Bing
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
Odile Goudabiaby
Papis' mother Papis' mother   See fewer
Géry Bouchez
Portuguese student Portuguese student   See fewer
Guy Garçon
Man at bar Man at bar   See fewer
Jean-Pierre Gérardin
Bar owner Bar owner   See fewer
Axel Kiener
Swedish student Swedish student   See fewer
Mohamed Remani
Retired worker Retired worker   See fewer
Abdelraman Latrache
Consulate employee Consulate employee   See fewer
Philippe Sessi
Lottery winner Lottery winner   See fewer
Abdoulaye Dia
Marabout Marabout   See fewer
Abalye Diouf
Primary school teacher Primary school teacher   See fewer
Laurence Frémont
Married woman Married woman   See fewer
Jean-Michel Page
Policeman on street Policeman on street   See fewer
Anna Mendy
Little girl on bus Little girl on bus   See fewer
Emile Abossolo M'bo
Guest artist Guest artist   See fewer
Momar N'Diaye
Acteur de théâtre (as Talla Ndiaye) Acteur de théâtre (as Talla Ndiaye)   See fewer
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