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  • Summary: Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé) are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the joyous celebration of the their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child - a problem that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal. [Oscilloscope Pictures] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Sep 27, 2013
    91
    The most visually arresting drama of 2013, and certainly one of the year’s best films.
  2. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    Simply relating the narrative of Andrew Dosunmu’s seductive immigrant drama Mother of George would do little to convey the film’s stark, poetic power, much less its extraordinary visual and sonic acumen.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 12, 2013
    90
    This is not a fable of assimilation or alienation, but rather the keenly observed story of two people seeking guidance in painful and complicated circumstances.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Working from a script by playwright Darci Picoult, Dosunmu fashions a tale that’s realistic, melodramatic and culturally specific (we spend as much time ogling colorfully patterned dresses as we do admiring Gurira’s endlessly expressive face), yet unmistakably archetypal.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    Not your everyday dilemma, but as depicted in this lushly detailed and passionately performed melodrama, the mores and traditions of this sequestered, seldom depicted group take on a broader relevance.
  6. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Sep 13, 2013
    75
    The result is a work in which style and story unite to create a singularly mesmerizing look at a culture within a culture.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    Dosunmu is an up-and-coming director; Mother of George is his second film after the much-lauded "Restless City." He's got the visual part of the job down for sure.

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