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 filmmaker (Khouma Gueye), a rapper and militant (Malal Tall aka Fou Malade), a poet (Thierno Sall), a Chinese labourer (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, circa 100 min , sound & colour, Belgium-France, 2020

Status: in production

Cast: Alymana Bathily,Cheikh Hamala Blondin Diop, Dialo Blondin Diop, Omar Blondin Diop, Ousman Blondin Diop, Bouba Diallo, Vivi Diedhou, Felwine Sarr, Alioune Paloma Sall , Landing Savané, Marie-Angélique Savané  and  Hamady Bocoum, Awa Mame Ly Fall, Doudou Fall, Khouma Gueye, Fi Lu, Mbagnick Ndiaye, Madiaw Njaay, Issa Samb, Thierno Seydou Sall, Malal Almamy Tall (Fou Malade) , Li Yuanchao.

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:  Commission du film, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; Mu.ZEE, Ostende; 34th Bienal de Sao Paulo; Centre Bruxellois de l'Audiovisuel (CBA); Argos-center for art & media, Brussels; Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP)-Image/Mouvement, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris; Région Bretagne; Art et recherche/Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium.