Mother Of George (2013)
Critic Consensus: Director Andrew Dosunmu's style takes some getting used to, but Mother of George compensates with powerful acting, a thoughtful script, and gorgeous visuals.
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After a while it's hard to take Dosunmu's barrage of off-center compositions ... dialogue sequences that have the actor converse with empty space, and close-ups that reduce faces and objects to blobs of light.
It takes about 60 seconds before the elegant "Mother of George" has you firmly inside the world it has created.
In the end, "George" becomes almost as irritating as that mother-in-law.
It's a powerfully sensual movie, gorgeously lensed colors and textures conveying its characters emotional states while thoughtfully exploring the range of human sexuality through Adenike's experience.
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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.
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!
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.
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