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Rated R · 107 minutes · 2014
Set in Brooklyn's west African community, this independent drama centers on a recent emigre (Danai Gurira of Treme and The Walking Dead) struggling to conceive a child with her restaurateur husband (Issach De Bankolé). As in many African films, the slender plot is reminiscent of folklore and provides a sense of tradition against which the filmmakers can examine evolving gender roles. The examination doesn't go very deep, however—the movie feels less like a narrative feature than a fashion spread with narrative elements. (It's worth noting that director Andrew Dosunmu was once a creative director for Yves Saint Laurent.) Bradford Young's cinematography is gorgeous, but in a detached, superficial way; the style generally comes across as gift wrapping. Still, the movie's an eyeful, and the filmmakers' attention to surface texture results in passages of genuine eroticism. In English and subtitled Yoruba.

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