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Sundance review: "Mother of George"

Published January 22, 2013 7:28 pm

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"Mother of George"

U.S. Dramatic

** (two stars)

What seems intended to be a personal and intense slice-of-culture drama comes off as grand soap opera. Adenike (Danai Girura) and Ayodele (Isaach de Bankole), Nigerian immigrants living in Brooklyn, get married — with much pressure to produce offspring. But after two years with no children, Adenike is desperate. She even contemplates a visit to a fertility clinic, though no one on Ayodele's side of the family is willing to admit that he's the cause of their continued childlessness. Ayodele's mother (Angelique Kidjo), eager for a grandchild, gives Adenike some shocking advice.Director Andrew Dosunmu gives the story a vibrant, gritty look. But Darci Picoult's script comes off as standard melodrama, usually delivered at high volume like a stage production of an Arthur Miller play.

— Sean P. Means

"Mother of George" screens again: Friday, 9:30 p.m., Redstone Cinema 1, Park City.