Juste un Mouvement
A film by Vincent Meessen
Juste un Mouvement (‘Just a Movement’) is Vincent Meessen’s free take on La Chinoise, the 1967 film by Jean-Luc Godard, and a “film in progress of making itself” in Dakar. It is conceived as a re-editing operation of Godard’s film, reallocating its roles and characters, and updating its plot. Although not anymore alive, Omar Blondin Diop, the only actual Maoist student in the original, now becomes the key character.
Juste un Mouvement harnesses the “methodology for practical works” and the “lessons of things”, Godard’s preferred pedagogical and aesthetic methods. The lesson is no longer the singular lesson given by Omar to his comrades in La Chinoise, but those, plural, offered here: first, a lesson in Mandarin about the cinema of La Chinoise. Secondly, tai-chi and kung fu lessons, both martial art and a philosophy of life. And last but not least, the lesson learned from the dead-ends of the past by the family and friends of Omar.
Shot exclusively with non-professional actors and including Omar Blondin Diop’s brothers and friends, everyone in this film plays themselves: a well known rapper and militant (Malal Tall aka Fou Malade), a wandering poet (Thierno Sall), a young Chinese labourer working in Dakar’s Chinatown with her parents (Fi Lu), a kung-fu champion (Doudou Fall), a Senegalese intellectual (Felwine Sarr), an actor (Madiaw Njay), and also the former Minister of Culture of Senegal and the former Vice President of the People’s Republic of China visiting the Museum of Black Civilization, a project devised by the former Senegalese President Senghor in the mid-sixties and recently made possible thanks to Chinese financing.
Single-channel HD Video, various durations, sound & colour, Belgium-France, 2020
Status: in production
Cast: Dialo Blondin Diop, Ousman Blondin Diop, Cheikh Hamala Blondin Diop, Vivi Diedhou, Alioune Paloma Sall, Bouba Diallo, Landing Savané, Marie-Angélique Savané, Alymana Bathily, Felwine Sarr, Fi Lu, Khouma Gueye, Awa Mame Ly Fall, Malal Almamy Tall (Fou Malade), Madiaw Njaay, Doudou Fall, Thierno Seydou Sall, Hamady Bocoum, Li Yuanchao, Mbagnick Ndiaye
Director: Vincent Meessen
Assistant director : Khouma Gueye
Director of photography: Vincent Pinckaers
Assistant camera: Artur Castro Freire
Sound engineer: Laszlo Umbreit
Editing: Simon Arazi
Assistants editing : Inneke Van Waeyenberghe, Yshaï Gassenbauer
Production: Jubilee, Thank You and Good Night, Spectre Productions
Supported by: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, CBA, Argos center for art & media, CNAP image/mouvement, Spectre productions, ARTE, Mnam Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Région Bretagne, Art et recherche.