A young woman, her husband and a defense lawyer uncover a shocking far-reaching conspiracy involving several high officials in the Mauritanian government, their connection to organized crime and the possible involvement of a high US official. As a result of the information they uncover, the entire government of Mauritius is brought to a halt. With a decision by the Supreme Court, the remaining nine ministers face the possibility of being arrested and questioned under the arrest warrants issued by the Dutch authorities. It is not only the government of Mauritius that is in danger, but so is the whole of the smaller African nation of Mauritius. If the charges are true, this could mean the total collapse of this island nation, located on the Indian Ocean coast of Africa.
The movie "Mauritian Fever" is one of the most talked about movies of the season. Based on the book by British author John Le Coultre, it takes place in the year twenty-nine years following the collapse of World War II. In the months following the end of the war, and the formation of the Security Council, the power sharing arrangement among the major powers was completed. Britain and France were the world's leading powers at that time, and they decided to form the United Nations in order to pool their resources and strength. The arrangement was formalized in the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
In the movie, the character played by Winona Ryder, a young woman from Mauritius, becomes the president of the newly created United Nations. Her first task is to form a task force to coordinate the actions of the different member states of the organization. The members of the task force include America, Britain, France, Japan, Russia, India, China, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. All these nations have different perspectives regarding how to deal with the political turmoil that has engulfed Mauritius.
Directed by Academy Award winner Simon West, the film is a fascinating portrayal of international politics and the dynamics between those who want power and those who wish for freedom. The role that Winona Ryder fills is quite remarkable as she plays the role of a leader who is completely honest, yet caring and compassionate. This makes the character more human than one who is merely entitled to the post because of his connection to the United States.
The film offers a unique insight into the politics of post-war Mauritius, as well as a glimpse into the personal lives of its citizens. The mix of reality and fiction is unprecedented in a mainstream motion picture. It is also quite entertaining, both during the actual story line, and when watching the different scenes that are interspersed throughout the film. However, there are some minor nitpicks I have against the film. For instance, the use of white phosphorus during the war would have been more appropriate if it had involved enemy combatants rather than civilians.
Overall, The Wave is an effective and entertaining film. It is a film that is likely to leave many viewers with unanswered questions about Mauritius and its role in the global affairs of today. The movie is available for viewing online now.