• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Andrew Dosunmu
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2014
  • Oscilloscope Pictures

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Mother Of George Reviews

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Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

October 23, 2013
In "Mother of George," everybody is celebrating the marriage between Ayodele(Isaach De Bankole) and Adenike(Danai Gurira), with his mother(Bukky Ajayi) even choosing a name for their yet to be conceived son. But it turns out they will all have to wait a while. As bad as the wait is at the start, it becomes especially excruciating by 18 months, as Adenike looks to her friend Sade(Yaya DaCosta) for solace and possible answers.

"Mother of George" is a finely tuned look at the conflicts that may arise when traditions are imported to other countries such as the United States, as other choices until now previously thought impossible present themselves. All of which is smartly centered around something that many of us might take for granted but here is a situation that gets increasingly more serious and perilous.

But what I find curious is the way "Mother of George" is filmed. Not so much the digital camerawork which highlights nicely the colors on Adenike's beautiful gowns. No, it is the way the movie mostly blurs out everybody but the central characters. For me sometimes, it is the details of a character's life that can be just as interesting as anything else, like the dollar van Adenike rides to an appointment, which is not something you see in every film.
PantaOz
PantaOz

Super Reviewer

February 2, 2014
This Nigerian drama directed by Andrew Dosunmu premièred in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Outstanding cinematography saw Bradford Young walking away with the Sundance 2013's Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic for his work on this film and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. It has the feel of the African and American films at the same time, and that was the beauty I found in it! Andrew Dosumnu is already acclaimed director and he knows how to capture the refined cultural implications of this unique and very often fascinating culture while creating a colourful, pleasant but raw enough, realistic, and emotionally embracing portrait of a closely knit family... a family that is holding each other so close that chokes the individuals with joys and struggles of all members.

The screenplay written by Darci Picoult tells the story of a newly married Nigerian couple Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé). They live in Brooklyn and Ayodele or Ayo owns and manages a small restaurant. Following the joyous and elaborate celebration of their wedding, they will soon start struggling with fertility issues. Not a small issue in a big family with different cultural expectations than modern Western type family. Under pressure, the matriarchate of the family is leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it.

If you are ready for a movie which boasts gripping performances from Danai Gurira (of The Visitor, The Walking Dead, and Treme) and Isaach De Bankolé (whose distinguished filmography includes career-spanning collaborations with such directors as Claire Denis and Jim Jarmusch), you would like to enjoy some of the gorgeous cinematography from Bradford Young (of Pariah, Middle of Nowhere, and Dosunmu's 2011 feature Restless City), try to get this film and enjoy the intimate but somehow universal themes in amazingly unique culture which could be among us passing unnoticed while we have our own struggles. Far from perfect, but worth watching!
September 8, 2013
Danai Jekesai Gurira is amazing though, I felt the film should of had a stronger ending, and a little bit of a faster pace. Aside from the large spaces in between dialogue, the characters were well executed with a purpose, emotions, and objectives.
June 6, 2014
This is a beautiful story of an expanded Nigerian family living in Brooklyn. A young married woman makes a decision that threatens to destroy the family. I don't usually shed tears but this movie created a few. Critics rated this one much higher than audiences did, but I thought it was beautifully done.
May 10, 2014
Wonderful film! It is great to see a universal problem as infertility experienced in all kinds cultures. I love the authentic of the story and it's richness. I recommend to anyone interested in the African immigrant experienced living in Brooklyn!
April 27, 2014
Had potential, and there's some okay moments, but mostly it just feels bobbled and derivative.
Takeshi
March 7, 2014
great direction by Dosunmu and a brilliant script by Picoult. Superb acting from Danai Gurira, very different from her Walking Dead role.
February 25, 2013
TFrustrations one family faces between tradition and assimilation, freedom and obligation, success and personal fulfillment feels as movingly universal as culturally specific. The joy is in the detail of Dosunmu's film, the nuance of a relationship as richly complex as the African print dresses that Adenike favours.
PantaOz
PantaOz

Super Reviewer

February 2, 2014
This Nigerian drama directed by Andrew Dosunmu premièred in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Outstanding cinematography saw Bradford Young walking away with the Sundance 2013's Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic for his work on this film and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. It has the feel of the African and American films at the same time, and that was the beauty I found in it! Andrew Dosumnu is already acclaimed director and he knows how to capture the refined cultural implications of this unique and very often fascinating culture while creating a colourful, pleasant but raw enough, realistic, and emotionally embracing portrait of a closely knit family... a family that is holding each other so close that chokes the individuals with joys and struggles of all members.

The screenplay written by Darci Picoult tells the story of a newly married Nigerian couple Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé). They live in Brooklyn and Ayodele or Ayo owns and manages a small restaurant. Following the joyous and elaborate celebration of their wedding, they will soon start struggling with fertility issues. Not a small issue in a big family with different cultural expectations than modern Western type family. Under pressure, the matriarchate of the family is leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it.

If you are ready for a movie which boasts gripping performances from Danai Gurira (of The Visitor, The Walking Dead, and Treme) and Isaach De Bankolé (whose distinguished filmography includes career-spanning collaborations with such directors as Claire Denis and Jim Jarmusch), you would like to enjoy some of the gorgeous cinematography from Bradford Young (of Pariah, Middle of Nowhere, and Dosunmu's 2011 feature Restless City), try to get this film and enjoy the intimate but somehow universal themes in amazingly unique culture which could be among us passing unnoticed while we have our own struggles. Far from perfect, but worth watching!
October 31, 2013
A moving work about the plight of African (or any )women. Worth seeing. Has "The Perfect ending."
October 31, 2013
DP Bradford Young is the star here, with some of the most gorgeously textured and sensual lensing I've seen since "In the Mood for Love." It's so ornate and heavily saturated, it almost distracts from the delicately handled narrative and strong, sensitive performances.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

October 23, 2013
In "Mother of George," everybody is celebrating the marriage between Ayodele(Isaach De Bankole) and Adenike(Danai Gurira), with his mother(Bukky Ajayi) even choosing a name for their yet to be conceived son. But it turns out they will all have to wait a while. As bad as the wait is at the start, it becomes especially excruciating by 18 months, as Adenike looks to her friend Sade(Yaya DaCosta) for solace and possible answers.

"Mother of George" is a finely tuned look at the conflicts that may arise when traditions are imported to other countries such as the United States, as other choices until now previously thought impossible present themselves. All of which is smartly centered around something that many of us might take for granted but here is a situation that gets increasingly more serious and perilous.

But what I find curious is the way "Mother of George" is filmed. Not so much the digital camerawork which highlights nicely the colors on Adenike's beautiful gowns. No, it is the way the movie mostly blurs out everybody but the central characters. For me sometimes, it is the details of a character's life that can be just as interesting as anything else, like the dollar van Adenike rides to an appointment, which is not something you see in every film.
September 30, 2013
It's hard to criticize Andrew Dosunmu's film as it's a humane work on a tough subject, as well as rich in cinematic craft. Unfortunately, the film is as tedious as it is beautiful, with scenes playing out far longer than they need too, and eventually feeling repetitive. The plot arc is all over the place too, and it's difficult to iterate if the story actually goes anywhere. Still, Mother of George is worth seeing for it's good intentions, delicate film making, and to see Danai Gurira do her best acting work to date
August 27, 2013
An interesting concept but the film moves entirely too slowly.
January 27, 2013
Like Push by Sapphire a modern festival porno. Blacks want to be like Godard too. This might be an interesting motto if the story would fit. It does not. Not at all.
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