Director: Abderrahmane Sissako. Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki. 97 min. Rated PG-13. France/Mauritania. Drama.
A film about how ISIS rules a small village in Mali does not need a story-line. Regardless of how radical Islamists govern them, watching how every aspect of these people's lives is resolved by spilling blood, is baffling to the Western eye. But Timbuktu still adds another layer to the drama, showing ISIS members not as monsters, but as humans. And that's what makes them so terrifying; that regular humans are vulnerable to such indoctrination. Another film that opens a window into a world we as viewers may never come into close contact with - so it's worth the view.
PS: After Ida, Leviathan, Tangerines, and Wild Tales, this commentary concludes my review of last year's Foreign-Language Oscar nominees.