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August the First2007

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  • 2.7
It is the morning of Tunde's graduation party and things have already begun to unravel. Tunde has managed to alienate his sister, Simisola. His older brother, Ade, persistently plagues him with criticism, and their mother has started drinking again. Unbeknownst to most, Tunde has orchestrated the return of his long estranged father, resurrecting unresolved family anguish against the backdrop of Tunde's celebration. As the day turns to night, old wounds are re-opened and bad habits are revived. Layer by layer, deception and half-truths are peeled away as secrets are uncovered in what will be become the most unforgettable day the family has ever experienced.

Member Reviews (1)

This film truly is about longing and how that longing, depending on the person, has consequences. Tunde longs not only for his estranged father, but his other identity of being Nigerian. This tension of his two longings results in a chaotic encounter with the estranged father. The father longs too, but his longing is not one based in the emotional or moral sense of the word. It is a hollow longing for a space he can inhabit while removing those who have already inhabited. I am selling it short here, but there is much to pontificate over in the film. Maybe some characters and people cannot be redeemed. And the fear is that it is a truth we must feel comfortable settling with.