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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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Ayodele Balogun
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Biyi Balogen (as Tony Okungbowa)
Bukky Ajayi ...
Ma Ayo Balogun
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Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
Klarissa Jackson ...
Atibo
Ishmael Omolade ...
Dave
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Doctor
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Florence Egbuchulam ...
Funke
Mutiyat Ade-Salu ...
Helen
Atibon Nazaire ...
Hyacinth (as Atibon L. Nazaire)
Deen Badarou ...
Mr. Lawal
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Marsea
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Monica
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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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Drama

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

18 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ma' George  »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$145,400 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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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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Oro Obinrin
Written and Performed by Dotun 'Oguns' Ogunbiyi
Courtesy of Jazzhole Records, Lagos, Nigeria
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Leading the charge of New Black Cinema with gorgeous aesthetics
10 November 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

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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