The title of this movie elicits untold curiosity in a viewer’s mind and eventually satisfies same. It is a mature tale where the director employs subtlety and sufficient pictorial action; resulting in a film with deep resonance.
Malik Diakhite is married to Hortense, a much younger woman, who abandons him and their young children to elope with Jean Paul, her Caucasian lover. He takes to drinking and two women; Madam Myriam, Malik’s middle-aged neighbour, and Amina, a young lady in her twenties; come into the picture; culminating in unforeseen twists and turns.
Viewers are presented three-dimensional characters, who elicit emotional responses from them. The dialogue is impressive and dramatic components like irony are not dispensed with.
Allusions and suspense are appropriately employed. For instance, Myriam’s moan, when Malik acts the chiropractor, is unmistakable. When the security man approaches Malik a second time, it seems there will be a repeat of the events of their first encounter, but that does not happen.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Sex, Okra and Salted Butter is an authentic piece of African cinema, which deserves international awards for its mature treatment of controversial subjects.