Mother of George
Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child – a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.
Plot Keywords: woman / two-word-title / punctuation-in-title / apostrophe-in-title / character-name-in-title
Certificate: Netherlands:12 | United States:R
Cast: Danai Gurira , Isaach De Bankolé , Anthony Okungbowa , Bukky Ajayi , Yaya DaCosta , Klarissa Jackson , Ishmael Omolade , Roslyn Ruff , Chinaza Uche , Florence Egbuchulam , Mutiyat Ade-Salu , Atibon Nazaire , Deen Badarou , Da’Vine Joy Randolph , Susan Heyward , Angélique Kidjo , Lenore Thomas , Hubert Point-Du Jour , Babs Olusanmokun , Ebbe Bassey , Segun Akande , Abraham Amkpa , Momo Dione , Esosa E. , Ellie Foumbi , Kehinde Koyejo
Company: Parts and Labor
Country: United States , Nigeria
Language: English , Yoruba
Released Date: n/A
Film Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Runtime: 107 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
outdoorcats » Ayodele and Adonike (Isaach de Bankole and Danai Gurira) are a happy newlywed Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. However, fractures start to appear in their marriage when Ayodele's overbearing mother grows restless waiting for them to conceive (something they've been unsuccessfully trying to do) and starts to insist that the marriage be dissolved and Ayodele take another wife.
This simple but powerful drama is driven by strong sensory impressions happening around the story rather than the story itself. With its rich and vibrant color scheme, Mother of George is one of the most beautifully-shot films I've ever seen. In aesthetic beauty, full use of every inch of a widescreen frame, color, and texture, this film's cinematography is rivaled by a couple of Wong Kar-Wai's films shot by Christopher Doyle…perhaps.
The music is no less effective, a blend of traditional Nigerian music, avant-garde score, and symphonic classical music.
Everything about the way this film was made in terms of aesthetics and blocking is essentially perfect. So perhaps it's a little disappointing that the script and story, while a good enough one about the tragedy of traditions, could have gone a little further? It could have matched the richness of the film's compositions, the complexity of the fabrics of the gorgeous clothing the characters wear. As it is, it's a fairly simple traditional morality fable. With only five speaking roles given any importance, it has the feel of a baroque chamber drama.
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