Karim (1971)

Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - Senegal  |  
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Love and sex often make trouble for young men, and one guy struggles with more than his share in this comedy drama from Senegal. Karim lives in the city of Saint Louis, where the cultural upheaval of the modern age often squares off against the traditions of obligations of the Muslim faith. While Karim tries to respect the faith of his elders, he finds it's not always easy, particularly when it comes to his girlfriend, Mareme. Karim asks for Mareme's hand in marriage, but working out the details of the dowry is time-consuming, and when his well-to-do cousin proposes to Mareme, Karim is out of the running. Hoping for better luck elsewhere, Karim moves to Dakar, where he runs afoul of Aminata, a divorcée who runs a con game against naïve newcomers like Karim. When Karim falls for a Catholic girl whose beliefs prevent her from returning his affections, Karim goes back to Saint Louis, only to find Mareme is free again after the disastrous breakup of her marriage. Karim was written and directed by noted Senegalese filmmaker Momar Thiam.