1787 - France is feeeling the advance tremors of an inevitable revolution. After killing one of the King's friends, Jean-François de la Plaine is exiled to the African coast as the governor of a minute colony, a sand-bar trading-post subjected to the whims of a river. Sensuality, violence and love are different there. He is thrown into the heart of commerce, slavery and tribal wars. As he travels deeper into 18th century Africa along the meandering and unruly river, Jean-François undergoes his own "revolution".
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"I wanted to film love shattered by historical events, an adventure movie set in the desert, along the rivers and coast of Senegambia. (...) It's a tale of slavery but above all one of tolerance and the acceptation of difference. In short, it's a rite of passage, the growing awareness of a deeply European, French, noble and elitist man who has been blinded by luxury and a life of ease. Sometimes ignorance can be as blameworthy as silence. (...) In the days of "our" French Revolution, the hero of this tale tries, in a new yet already exploited land, to draft "The Eulogy of Difference" that Albert Jacquard wouldn't write until two centuries later."