Mother of George (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 January 2013 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayodele Balogun
Biyi Balogen (as Tony Okungbowa)
Bukky Ajayi ...
Ma Ayo Balogun
Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
Klarissa Jackson ...
Ishmael Omolade ...
Florence Egbuchulam ...
Mutiyat Ade-Salu ...
Atibon Nazaire ...
Hyacinth (as Atibon L. Nazaire)
Deen Badarou ...
Mr. Lawal


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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, some language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »






Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ma' George  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,000 (USA) (20 September 2013)


$145,400 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Mother: [wedding ceremony] Ayodele, good health, love, for both of you. Give me good kids. We'll always be here for you.
Father: I wanna second that. Good health. A strong long life. Your secrets will remain intact. Your crown will stay long on your head. Your shoes will last long on your feet. In the power of the Almighty, in the power of the Oshun, in the power of all our Oriahas. Arise, arise.
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Written and Performed by 'Bejnamin Kokoro Adreounmu'
Courtesy of Jazzhole Records, Lagos, Nigeria
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enliven your senses
3 August 2014 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

Many men will do anything to avoid going to the doctor. This film may impel some of them to schedule an appointment, lol! Nigerian immigrants to New York struggle to apply traditional beliefs to a new lifestyle. Some are better at this than others. They discover their hearts to be entwined and hopelessly confused with what they imagined modern and traditional ways to be. Adenike tries to find the path to love with her seemingly traditional husband (or is it really his mother driving him?) Characters and circumstances flit around them like phantoms, good and bad, pulling them in different directions. A mother-in-law presses relentlessly for a grandson, friends encourage Adenike to be more independent even as her husband seeks the opposite, and Adenike's heart tells her many things she cannot long resist, among other burdens. Those at Adenike's wedding who promise that her life will be "sweet as a pineapple" are not there, of course, when life gets tough. Little lovely details, absent in other films, enliven your senses; the bright colors, an open window with street noises drifting through, silence seamlessly switching to music and then gentle voices in a room, contrasting shades of light, the sound of skin on skin, dazzling patterns and shades in clothing, or the outline of an exquisite face. Present here is the beautiful cinematography and sound control characteristic of Kar Wai Wong. The film is worth watching just for this alone.

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