In Dreams Are Monsters: The Bloodettes (Les Saignantes)

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GenreHorror, Sci-Fi
Director(s)Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Writer(s)Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Running Time1HR 32MINS
SeasonIn Dreams Are Monsters

“How can you make a horror film in a place where death is a party?” asks Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo in the outrageous and outrageously good sci-fi day-glo zombie political thriller The Bloodettes (Les Saignantes).

Majolie and Chouchou aren’t able to ignore the moral double-talk of the political class. That’s because they’re sex workers, frequented by the elites of a near-future unnamed African state. But when one of their clients dies in flagrante, they must do all they can to reanimate him, dragging his body as a rebuke through a dirty city with a clean surface.

Playing something like an afro-futurist version of Tangerine, or a black feminist take on Thelma & Louise (where the corpse joins the road trip), The Bloodettes is riotous, deeply cool and full of the ambivalence and complexity that can only be expressed by genre. A great introduction to modern African cinema.

Screening as part of In Dreams Are Monsters: A Season of Horror Films, a UK-wide film season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.


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