The Gravedigger’s Wife
With his deceptively simple but heartfelt feature debut, director Khadar Ahmed follows a man as he desperately tries to seek help for his ailing wife.
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Misha Jaari, Thanassis Karathanos, Stéphane Parthenay
Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Khadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
Finland-France-Germany 2021. 82min
With English subtitles
Guled (Omar Abdi) lives on the outskirts of Djibouti City with his wife Nasra (Yasmin Warsame) and their teenage son. Like his friends, Guled is a gravedigger; known locally as Ambulance Chasers, they make a living off the death of others. Nasra has been diagnosed with a kidney infection and desperately needs treatment. Guled has to somehow come up with $5,000 or Nasra will likely die. Left with no choice, he has to return to his home village to seek the help of the people he once knew, leaving Nasra in the care of their son. Contrasting Guled’s plight with the stunning landscape of Djibouti – the arid environment rapturously shot by Arttu Peltomaa – Ahmed’s understated drama profits from Abdi’s compelling central performance.
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