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 (Mamadou Khouma Gueye), a rapper and militant (Malal Almamy Tall aka Fou Malade), a poet (Thierno Sall), a Chinese labourer (Fi Lu), a Shaolin master (Doudou Fall), a Senegalese intellectual (Felwine Sarr), an actor (Madiaw Njay), and also the Minister of Culture of Senegal and the 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, Ousman Blondin Diop, Bouba Diallo, Marie Thérèse Diedhiou, Felwine Sarr, Alioune Paloma Sall , Landing Savané, Marie-Angélique Sagna, Mame Awa Ly Fall, Doudou Fall, Mamadou Khouma Gueye, Fi Lu, Mbagnick Ndiaye, Madiaw Njaay,Thierno Seydou Sall, Malal Almamy Tall (Fou Malade), Li Yuanchao.
Director: Vincent Meessen
Assistant director : Mamadou Khouma Gueye
Director of photography: Vincent Pinckaers
Assistant camera: Artur Castro Freire
Sound engineer: Laszlo Umbreit
Editing: Simon Arazi
Colourgrading : Miléna Trivier
Improvised Music : Wouter Vandenabeele, Bao Sissoko
Sound design : Laszlo Umbreit
Sound mixing : Rémi Gérard
Executive production : Vincent Meessen, Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Production: Jubilee, Thank You & Good Night productions, Spectre Productions
Supported by: Commission du film, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; Filmlab-VAF, Mu.ZEE, Oostende; 34th Bienal de Sao Paulo; Magellan Films; Centre Bruxellois de l'Audiovisuel (CBA); Argos-center for audiovisual arts, Brussels; Image/Mouvement-Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris; Région Bretagne; Art et recherche/Fonds pour la recherche en Art, Belgium ; Tax shelter from the Belgium Federal Governement.