The Bloodettes (2005)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Cameroon, France  |  
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Two streetwise women are sent on a strange odyssey through a decaying society in this offbeat sci-fi comedy, set in a fictional African nation in the year 2025. Majolie (Adèle Ado) is an ambitious prostitute whose clients include a handful of prominent politicians, and one evening's assignment with the secretary general of the Civil Cabinet (Balthazar Amadagoleda) becomes problematic when he dies in flagrante delicto. Needing to get rid of the body, and fast, Majolie calls on her best friend, Chouchou (Dorylia Calmel), for help. Disposing of the secretary general's remains sends Majolie and Chouchou on a strange ride through the sordid underbelly of the city as they discover a variety of people looking for a way to turn the streetwalker's poor fortune to their advantage, including a crooked politician, a Machiavellian taxi driver, a handful of street people, and an underground society of covertly powerful women. Written, edited, and directed by Cameroon-based filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Les Saignantes (aka The Bloodettes) received its North American premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.