In a coastal suburb of Dakar, a group of unpaid construction workers on the site of a futuristic tower disappear at sea one night in search of a better life abroad.
Among them is Souleiman, the secret lover of Ada, who has been promised to another man.
After a fire breaks out on her wedding night, Ada and the other bereaved women are swept by a mysterious fever and the lingering presence of those lost at sea begins to haunt them.
What follows is a deeply complex and richly mythological coming-of-age tale that skirts the line between love story and ghost story.
First-time narrative director Mati Diop became the first Black woman to be in the running for Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and won the Grand Prix Jury Prize, marking the arrival of a major new talent.
Diop conjures a gripping, hallucinatory portrait of Senegalese youth who wish for a better life, interweaving the simmering tensions of exploitation, migration and heartbreak in this powerful ode to those left behind.