This charming, nostalgic but never sentimental film is a recollection of life and rivalries in the Senegalese seaside village of Poponguine in 1964, seen through the eyes of an enterprising young scallywag. The youth of Poponguine have aligned themselves into two camps. The Kings are fans of the music of Jimmy Hendrix, Ray Charles and James Brown; they have a Teppaz record player – but no girls! The In’s – short for Inseparables - espouse the Gallic suaveness of Johnny Hallyday – and yes, they also have girls! ... but no record player.
Bacc, effectively the village orphan, is the local errand boy and go-between who sees all, knows all. Through his fond commentary, we see the rivalries of the village – youth, religious (Christian and Muslim) and that of colonised versus coloniser, as represented by the French teacher Monsieur Benoit. When the Inseparables hatch a plan to raise money for their own record player, tensions heighten with The Kings. As Christmas Day approaches, things come to a head, making for several poignant resolutions, reflected on by the older, wiser voice of Bacc.