Observational docu "Victoire Terminus" gives auds a ringside seat at a Congolese women's boxing tournament.

Observational docu “Victoire Terminus” gives auds a ringside seat at a Congolese women’s boxing tournament, but despite landing a few strong punches, pic feels like the opening round of a much bigger film. Helmers make a few jabs at the Congo 2006 elections, but juxtaposition appears a little forced and politics never becomes the main game. Docu is a natural for fests looking for African-related content.

Ever since the famed 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire, boxing has had a central place in the hearts of the Congolese. Coach Judex, who witnessed Ali as a younger man, is setting up a local women’s boxing tournament in anticipation of an African Championship in November 2006. Pic observes Judex training his charges and then delves into their arduous lives outside the ring. Material is fascinating, but the strands never coalesce into the potentially compelling film that beckons.

Victoire Terminus

France - Congo

Production

A Schiapode (France) presentation of a Schiapode (France)/Belle Kinoise (Congo) production, in association with Centre National de la Cinematographie, Region Ile-de-France, Scam Bourse Brouillon d’un Reve, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RFO, Trace TV. (International sales: Wide Management, Paris.) Produced by Emilie Blezat. Directed by Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye.

Crew

Camera (color, mini-DV-to-DigiBeta), Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye; editor, Yannick Coutheron; music, Franco. (Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival — Forum), Feb. 9, 2008. French, Lingala dialogue. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Helene Mukadi Efuto, Jeanette Mukendi, Rosette Ndongala, Martini Lomboto, Mimi Mauwa, Wivine Tshilidi, Flore Nkanki, Judex Tshibanda, Tshiri Tshara.

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