DISCO BOY – Review by Diane Carson

In his feature debut, Disco Boy, Italian director Giacomo Abbruzzese presents a complex story of political and personal struggle in two individuals from different countries. Escaping into France while on a visa for a football match in Poland, Aleksei, from Belarus, joins the French Foreign Legion. After five years’ service, he’ll receive a French passport. Meantime, in the Niger Delta, Jomo leads a paramilitary group protesting corporate exploitation of the country’s minerals. Aleksei and Jomo will face off against each other when Aleksei’s unit is charged with freeing French hostages. The title comes from Jomo’s comment that, had he been a rich white man, he would have been a “disco boy” dancer, and several scenes foreground a disco club.

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