Movie Review: The African Doctor

‘The African Doctor’ is a 2016 French comedy-drama (French title: ‘Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont’) with an upbeat love-conquers-all message.

With a superb performance from Belgian actor, Marc Zinga (Seyolo Zantoko) this film tells the true story of a Congolese doctor who moves to a small, conservative village in the north of France who have never seen African people before.



The endearing cast brings heart and soul to the film and helped to make it a European box office hit.


Faced with the villagers fear, suspicion and xenophobia, Dr Zantoko manages to ride the highs and lows of winning their trust, all the while struggling to keep his family together in a difficult and foreign country.


The storyline is somewhat predictable but elevated by the excellent performances and a great soundtrack.


Directed by Julien Rambaldi, ‘The African Doctor’ has a similar feel to French film ‘The Intouchables’ – also a true story (and recent box office hit) with a dark underbelly.


This is my first film from Julien Rambaldi, although he is also known for ‘Les Meilleurs Amis Du Monde’ (2010) and ‘Scotch’ (2003).


‘The African Doctor’ is in French with English subtitles and currently available on Netflix.

Check out the official trailer here:


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