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The Last Tree

In England in the early 2000s, Femi (played by Tai Golding as a child, then Sam Adewunmi as an adult) is reunited with his birth mother after having lived with a white foster mother in the idyllic rural countryside. The two return to London, where Femi grows into a troubled young man who resists authority both at home and at school, instead finding camaraderie on the streets. British-Nigerian writer-director Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical sophomore feature has been called the “British Moonlight”; it’s reminiscent of other coming-of-age dramas yet still wholly unique, owing to the specificity that Amoo brings to it. Eventually Femi begins to question his choices and comes to terms with facets of his life that had been frustrating him; this is partly realized through a trip he and his mother take to Lagos, which helps put their fraught relationship into perspective. Amoo packs a lot in—sometimes too much—and the filmmaking is often frenetic, but what he has to say needs to be heard.

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