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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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Nigeria | USA

Language:

English | Yoruba

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma' George See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,000, 20 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,400, 8 November 2013
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Color

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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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Alemi
Written and Performed by Benjamin Kokoro Aderounmu
Courtesy of Jazzhole Records, Lagos, Nigeria
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enliven your senses
3 August 2014 | by Raven-1969See 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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