I finally saw Mother of George. For those of you who’ve been curious to know, yes, I enjoyed it very much, but on a high tension wire. Disjointed, beautiful cinematography kept me feeling as anxious as main character Adenike felt every day that she didn’t get pregnant, and later, every day that she was.
It’s the first time I wrote about a film (twice!) before I’d seen it. The story of a Nigerian woman living in Brooklyn, New York as infertility shakes her extended family was an obvious link for this site, and the movie did win at Sundance, after all.
This isn’t really a movie review…at least, not the way I think of them. This is just a sharing of my take-aways – without spoilers – from a NotMom point of view.
First, I can almost guarantee that this is unlike any infertility-themed movie you’ve seen before. I never cried once, and I can cry at a coffee commercial. That said, if you are struggling to find acceptance with NotMom status (active grieving, they call it), this ain’t the movie for you. You, I’m guessing, will definitely cry. Even someone trying to conceive might be a little undone.
All things considered, it isn’t the lack of intentional tear-jerk moments that sets Mother of George apart from sadder story lines like Immediate Family, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, or even Up. There’s not a frame of this film, nor a second of the plot, that doesn’t reflect Nigerian culture. Yoruba traditions, to be exact. It’s what drives the story, and leaves a viewer uncertain what will happen next, and what actions these characters believe to be right.
As for my childfree sisters who chose a kidless life, this is a really good movie. Maybe you can’t relate to such acute desperation for a child, but hey, Dexter is a hit, and its millions of viewers aren’t all serial killers. For anyone who appreciates damned good acting, artsy lighting and are OK with captioning of now-and-then bursts of a foreign language, again I say, this is a really good movie.
Mother of George is available from Amazon, Netflix, and other major retailers.