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Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleimane, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleimane and his co-workers disappear at sea. Soon after, they come back to haunt their old neighborhood by taking possession of the girlfriends they left behind. Some of the workers have come claiming revenge and threaten to burn the tower down if the developer does not pay their wages. But Souleiman has come back for Ada, so they can be together one last time.


  • Mame Bineta Sane
  • Amadou Mbow
  • Traore
  • Nicole Sougou
  • Aminata Kane
  • Coumba Dieng
  • Ibrahima Mbaye
  • Diankou Sembene
  • Abdou Balde
  • Babacar Sylla

Did You Know?


  • Mati Diop, with her submission of "Atlantics" to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is the first black woman director in history to compete in the festival's competition. (NYT 5/22/19)
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2.0 out of 5


May 17, 2019

If the narrative can sometimes wane, the film’s enveloping atmospherics remain tight throughout.

Metacritic review by Ben Croll
Ben Croll
May 16, 2019

An intense romance notable for the craft of the filmmaking and Diop’s original approach to complex issues of love, loss and the forces for change that can rise from the ashes of tragedy.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
May 16, 2019

A lot of ideas about class, post-imperialism and spiritual values peek up out of the surface of the text, but they're not developed with much rigor compared to what Diop conjured with more intensity and less time in A Thousand Suns. All the same, this is a striking work.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter