Review: ‘Neg Maron’

The friendship between two young men in Guadeloupe tips from casual larceny into real trouble when murder rears its head in "Neg Maron." Combo of languid environment and social tension is well-portrayed in this sometimes awkward first film, by musicvid/commercials director Jean-Claude Flamand.

This review was updated on March 23, 2005

The close-as-brothers friendship between two young men in Guadeloupe tips from casual larceny into real trouble when murder rears its head in “Neg Maron.” Combo of languid environment and social tension is well-portrayed in this sometimes awkward first film by musicvid/commercials director Jean-Claude Flamand that features abundant local color. Starring prominent musicians in lead roles, pic is a good candidate for fests interested in contempo Caribbean culture.

Silex (D. Daly) and Josua (Admiral T), who hail from a low-income neighborhood coveted by developers, agree to break into a fancy house and steal an envelope for white tough guy Marcus (Francois Levantal). But when Marcus is found in his car with a bullet in the head, the friends’ boyish insouciance evaporates. Vet actress-singer Jocelyne Beroard gives a powerful perf as Josua’s no-nonsense mom, highlighting that women, be they girlfriends or mothers, are left out of the loop of masculine joys and problems. Popular recording artists D. Daly and Admiral T make convincing debuts. Film’s title is the historical term applied to the first slave to lead an uprising, but has evolved to connote an urge for freedom in any repressive setting.

Neg Maron

France

Production

A Mars Distribution release of a Mat Films, Kasso Inc. Prod., France 2 Cinema production, with participation of Canal Plus. (International sales: MGI Intl., Paris.) Produced by Richard Magnien. Co-producer, Mathieu Kassovitz. Directed by Jean-Claude Flamand Barny. Screenplay, Flamand Barny, Alain Agat.

Crew

Camera (color), Claude Garnier; editor, Stratos Gabrielidis; music, Pierre Aviat; production designer, Philippe Renucci; costume designer, Julie Mauduech; sound, Emmanuel Croiset, Eric Boiteau. Reviewed at UGC Orient Express, Paris, Feb. 22, 2005. French, Creole dialogue. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Admiral T, D. Daly, Stomy Bugsy, Alex Descas, Francois Levantal, Jocelyne Beroard.
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