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Les Saignantes

Les Saignantes promotional poster.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Produced by Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Andre Bennett
Lisa Crosato
Jim Fink
Michelle Gue
Pascale Obolo
Adrienne Silvey
Written by Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Starring Dorylia Calmel
Adèle Ado
Music by Joelle Esso
Adam Zanders
Cinematography Robert Humphreys
Editing by Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Running time 92 mins.
Country France
Language French

Utterly singular, Les Saignantes is a futuristic, sci-fi, erotic, political thriller that traverses all of these genres while bringing a strong political sensibility to proceedings. Two sexy young women win the favors of the corrupt political elite, but when one of these leaders dies in the middle of a sexual act, the friends are left with a corpse to get rid of. Bekolo eviscerates the ruling elite but with the canny use of inter-titles also leaves the audience with something to ponder. The film won the Silver Stallion (second best African film) at Fespaco 2007 and the Best actress awards with the special mention of the jury.



  • Adèle Ado as Majolie.
  • Dorylia Calmel as Pet
  • Emile Abossolo M'Bo as Minister of State
  • Josephine Ndagnou as Natou
  • Essindi Mindja as Essomba
  • Alain Dzukam as Rokko
  • Veronique Mendouga as Dr. Amanga
  • Bekate Meyong as Mamba
  • Thierry Mintamack as Tony



  • Adèle Ado won Best Actress for her work in Les Saignantes at the 2007 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival.
  • Jean-Pierre Bekolo won the "Silver Etalon de Yennega" for his work on the film at the 2007 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival.

External links

  1. Les Saignantes at the Internet Movie Database


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