Mother of George (2013) | dir. Andrew Dosunmu
With cinematography by Sundance award winner Bradford Young and styling by Mobolaji Dawodu, it goes without saying that Andrew Dosunmu‘s Mother of George is the most sumptuous film you’ll see this year. Although Dosunmu’s new film is more plot-driven than his first, Restless City (2010), Mother of George is also impressionistic, privileging the power of gesture to tell a story. Shots of hands working a knife capture the new wife, Adenike’s domestic pride. Later, though we do not hear the precise exchange of words, the camera alights on a neck with tendons strung tight, an arm draped protectively across a stomach.
The film’s opening shots embed us in the exquisite detail and elaborate beauty of a Nigerian wedding in New York. Gorgeous as it is, the atmosphere of these opening scenes is as heavy with the warmth and security of familial love and close-knit community as it is weighted by familial expectation and keenly-policed cultural norms. What unfolds is a story of love, longing, heartbreak and meddling mothers-in-law (it is a Naija film after all). —Derica Shields
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