The Heart's Cry

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The Heart's Cry
Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Written by Jacques Akchoti
Robert Gardner
Idrissa Ouedraogo
Starring Richard Bohringer
Saïd Diarra
Music by Henri Texier
Cinematography Jean-Paul Meurisse
Jean Monsigny
Edited by Luc Barnier
Release date
Venice Film Festival:
September 1994
April 5, 1995
Running time
86 minutes
Country Burkina Faso
Language French

The Heart's Cry (French: Le Cri du coeur) is a 1994 Burkinabé/French drama film directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo.


Moctar is a young boy who, although born in France, has grown up in Mali. At the age of eleven, he moves with his family to live in Paris. Moctar struggles to adjust to life in France, and is homesick for Africa. He begins to see visions of a hyena in the street. When he tells people, nobody believes him. He is laughed at by his schoolmates and sent to the school psychologist. He meets a man in the street called Paulo who helps Moctar to understand his visions.[1][2]



It won the OCIC Award - Honorable Mention at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.


  1. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Le Cri du Coeur > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  2. ^ Berardinelli, James (1995). "Review: The Cry of the Heart". ReelViews. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 

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