Ghost Tropic

85 mins.
Directed by Bas Devos
Dutch and French with subtitles
2020

Playing through October 15.
 

  • Platform:  Direct from Cinema Guild, the film's distributor
  • Ticket details:  $12 ticket price  //  three days to finish film once purchase made
  • How to watch:  Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone
     

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"Beguiles and fascinates on several levels." Glenn Kenny. A New York Times Critic's Pick!


Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) is a fifty-eight-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels in the wake of the 2016 bombings that shook the city. After work one night, she falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line and has no choice but to make her way home—all the way across the city—on foot. Along the way, she has a series of encounters: with a security guard, a convenience store clerk, a group of teenagers. She asks for help and she gives it and slowly, steadily makes her way.

Director Bas Devos’ lightness of touch combines with the richness of Grimm Vanderkerckhove’s 16mm images to create a small wonder of humanistic storytelling. Ghost Tropic is a testament to the everyday drama of immigrant life and insists on the possibility of goodness and beauty, even in the dark of night.