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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.

Director:

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

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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Se Mi Jeje
Written by Fatal Olagunju
Performed live by Siji Awoyinka (as Siji)
Courtesy of Jazzhole Records, Lagos, Nigeria
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Ma George
30 May 2014 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Rhythm is often defined by locales - while mountain people seem to be rather slow by nature, those born close to sea shores appear to be faster in their movements. So I wouldn't call this film "slow", but idiosyncratically paced, admitting that I might be wrong: maybe Nigerians are faster than what I believe, judging from this film. Then it would be a decision taken by director Andrew Dosunmu, making dialogs and reactions calm to the extreme. I could take this, but what really distanced me was composition within the frame: too often actions are seen in close-ups, even in moments when large crowds are gathered. Maybe we have been conditioned so much by traditional cinema that we expect to see a reaction from a listener when told something that might shock him or her... as the moment when the pregnant Adenike confronts her brother-in-law in his apartment. But once this is accepted and dealt with, one can enjoy this strong drama of choices, tradition and deeply-rooted beliefs, beyond any moral judgment of what is right or wrong. In spite of the endless list of producers and executive producers who capitalize on the work of the creative team, the most remarkable features in "Mother of George" are (besides the performances by Danai Gurira and Yaya DaCosta, as Nike and Sade, the two young women subjected to matriarchy rule and dumb males) the cinematography by Bradford Young and Mobolaji Dawodu's beautiful traditional costumes. The brightness and colors brought by the use of natural and artificial light and the garments, create an atmosphere of hopefulness and joy in the midst of so much sadness and obsession with parenthood. See it.


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