UN DIMANCHE A KIGALI
CWC D: Robert Favreau w/ Luc Picard, Fatou N'Diaye. Canada. 118 min. Tuesday, September 12, 6:45 PM PARAMOUNT 4; Thursday, September 14, 3:45 PM CUMBERLAND 2 Rating: NN
I wish the general in charge of the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda had been anything but Canadian. That way, our filmmakers wouldn't feel compelled to atone for Roméo Dallaire's impotence.
Picard plays a Canadian filmmaker working on a documentary on AIDS in Rwanda who falls in love with a local girl on the eve of the Hutu massacre. Despite many warnings that suggest he should grab the girl and his passport and catch the first thing smoking, he pushes his Hamlet-like indecision into the realm of stupidity, and her refusal to leave without him indicates that she's not the sharpest pencil in the box either. Long and portentous, and there's something offensive about a film on the Rwandan genocide where the thematic core is a white journalist's moral anguish.