The magic of the movies is to take us into a world we’ve never experienced before and make it human, relatable and real, and all those qualities apply to Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George.” No, it doesn’t boast big special effects or even major league stars, but anchored by strong characters and telling a moving story of family and marriage, it’s a movie that is continuing to make waves ever since taking home an award at Sundance (it just recently unspooled at the San Sebastian Film Festival). And now that it’s in theaters, here’s another nudge in the ribs to give this one a chance when it plays near you.
Featuring “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé, “Mother of George” tells the story of Adenike, a Yoruba woman who has left West Africa for Brooklyn and is eager to please her new husband, Ayodele, by giving him a child. But after a year and a half passes with Adenike unable to conceive, she begins to become desperate to fulfill her duties, and under the pressure of her mother-in-law and the community, she makes a decision that changes everything. It’s a unique and stirring picture, gorgeously lensed by Bradford Young (who took home a cinematography award from Park City), and as we wrote in our review, the film “is a stunner, one of 2013’s finest dramas, and a breakthrough for its stars.”
“Mother of George” is now playing in limited release (click here to see theaters and cities). Watch a clip from the movie below, along with a new poster.