Mother Of George Reviews
Dosunmu's experience as a fashion creative director and photographer is definitely eminent in the film, adeptly translated into a richly textured story. Mother of George is visually exquisite, as Dosunmu weaves an array of exuberant colors, elaborate customs and still shots with off-centre framing into his film. I like the subtle yet absorbing soundtrack as well, from the faint Nigerian juju music in the background to the sound mix that helps build accentuations when needed. The filming is deliberately made to echo the characters' sense of dislocation. "I wanted to show a New York completely different from what you usually see. What I really love about it is that many immigrants have their own oases in this metropolis," Dosunmu who is an émigré himself shares (he moved to the city from Nigeria 18 years ago). He also explains that the camera follows Adenike in a way that is both claustrophobic and uncertain, with the intention to make the audience feel just like her. "We want to see more, but we can't, and that's how she feels; she wants more clarity, but she doesn't have the solution."
The fertility drama is further accomplished with the profound acting, especially by the lead Gurira. The actress of Zimbabwean descent, known for her role in AMC's TV series The Walking Dead, is a treat to watch. Her stoic face shows us her adamant pursue to make her family complete, yet your hearts will be stolen when you watch her breaking down as she struggles to conform to tradition. Coupled with eloquent writing by Darci Picoult, and breathtaking cinematography by Bradford Young, who won Cinematography Awards at the Sundance Film Festival for his work on Pariah (2011), Mother of George and Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Mother of George is evocative, equally stunning and heartbreaking to watch. It also co-stars Tony Okungbowa and Yaya Alafia.
Can you believe this movie is made in New York..when you watch this it feels like a Nigerian movie...the sex scenes where very uneasy to watch just wish it over..
A brilliant perspective about these people and their cultures and there troubles...when you watch this just know that another family somewhere in the world is going through the exact same thing...this film was special A-
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!
"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.