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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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Andrew Dosunmu

Writer:

Darci Picoult
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danai Gurira ... Adenike Balogun
Isaach De Bankolé ... Ayodele Balogun
Anthony Okungbowa ... Biyi Balogen (as Tony Okungbowa)
Bukky Ajayi Bukky Ajayi ... Ma Ayo Balogun
Yaya DaCosta ... Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
Klarissa Jackson Klarissa Jackson ... Atibo
Ishmael Omolade Ishmael Omolade ... Dave
Roslyn Ruff ... Doctor
Chinaza Uche ... Frank
Florence Egbuchulam Florence Egbuchulam ... Funke
Mutiyat Ade-Salu Mutiyat Ade-Salu ... Helen
Atibon Nazaire Atibon Nazaire ... Hyacinth (as Atibon L. Nazaire)
Deen Badarou Deen Badarou ... Mr. Lawal
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Marsea
Susan Heyward ... 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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[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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Se Mi Jeje
Written by Fatal Olagunju
Performed live by Siji Awoyinka (as Siji)
Courtesy of Jazzhole Records, Lagos, Nigeria
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Profoundly sad...
5 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Mother of George" is a film with a strong and interesting cross-cultural message. It's also a film that would probably be seen as a feminist movie--though it is something that can be enjoyed, or at least appreciated, by all.

The film begins with a wedding--and what a beautiful wedding it is. The guests are all Nigerian Americans and they are dressed in their finest and most color clothing. During the course of the wedding (which takes up a significant part of the film), the new wife, Nike (Danai Gurira) is told again and again how important it is that she have a baby boy as soon as possible. Culturally, there is a HUGE amount of pressure on her--and it's pretty obvious at this point that Nike will have difficulty conceiving. This is made so much worse by her mother-in-law--a very traditional African mother who insists that Nike either become pregnant or her son find another wife! While Ayo (Isaach De Bankolé) is not about to get another wife, he also is bound by masculine expectations and he forbids his wife to get infertility testing and he adamantly refuses to have himself tested. What is poor Nike to do? Well, when she listens to her mother-in-law's plan, it throws her for a loop.

This film has a lot to say. Yet, interestingly, it DIDN'T have a lot of dialog and managed to say a lot without words. Its theme of women as baby machines and their devaluation by societies is hard-hitting and sad. Equally sad is its way that men are trapped by their machismo. There's a lot to this film--and one that, in some ways, cuts across all cultures. Well worth seeing.


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Country:

Nigeria | USA

Language:

English | Yoruba

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,500, 15 September 2013

Gross USA:

$157,937

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,937
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2.35 : 1
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