A tough, sturdy thriller set in Kinshasa suggests an impressive future for director Djo Munga
- Viva Riva!
- Production year: 2010
- Country: Rest of the world
- Cert (UK): 15
- Runtime: 96 mins
- Directors: Djo Munga
- Cast: Alex Herabo, Angelique Mbumb, Hoji Fortuna, Manie Malone, Marlene Longange, Patsha Bay
Not too many films shot on the mean streets of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, make it to UK cinema screens, so curiosity value would make this worth a look, if nothing else. Writer-director Djo Munga has put together a tough, sturdy thriller, centred around a smalltime hustler called Riva (Patsha Bay), who shows up in the fuel-starved big city with a truckful of petrol he's liberated from his Angolan gangster employers. Said employers, led by the creepy bespectacled César (Hoji Fortuna) come looking for him, doling out eye-watering doses of brutality on the way. Riva, a sunny, self-confident sort, meanwhile, has his eye on Nora (Manie Malone), the expensive arm-candy of local hardnut Azor (Diplome Amekindra). With the best will in the world, you have to say that Munga's screenplay rarely rises above the conventional, but he keeps things motoring nicely, and there's the smell of authenticity about the ramshackle locations he's chosen. Munga, for sure, is a film-maker with a future.
arm-candy: atrakcyjna dziewczyna
bespectacled: noszący okulary
dole out: oszczędnie wydzielać
have one’s eye on somebody: mieć na kogoś oko; być kimś zainteresowanym
motor: toczyć się
ramshackle: w ruinie, rozpadający się
smalltime: bez znaczenia