Port Djema (1997)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, Political Thriller  |   Release Date - May 28, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A doctor learns some things he never expected to know as he searches for a friend on a mission of mercy in this drama. Pierre Feldman (Jean-Yves Dubois) is a French physician who visits the African nation of Port Djema in hopes of finding a close friend and colleague. Port Djema is being torn apart by a bloody civil war, and Pierre's friend, a fellow doctor, went there as a medical volunteer. He's since disappeared, and Pierre hopes to track down his friend and a child under his care. As Pierre is plunged deeper into the nation's civil unrest, he becomes acquainted with Alice (Nathalie Boutefeu), a cab driver who serves as Pierre's guide and appears to have known his friend; and Jerome (Christophe Odent), a French official in Port Djema who seems to know more than he's willing to tell about the fate of a number of French citizens. Port Djema earned a Silver Bear for director Eric Heumann at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival.



deathbed-wish, missing-person, photography, promise, rescue, revolution, search, secrets, surgery