This Lady Called Life

2020

3/5

Summary

Becoming a chef is Aiye’s greatest desire. But, she is a young, struggling, single mother who has been abandoned by her family. To settle for defeat, or to fight against all odds to become the chef of her dreams? That is the question.

Production: Filmone Productions

Direction: Kayode Kasum

Starring: Bisola Aiyeola, Samuel Asa'ah, Lota Chukwu, Uche Elumelu, Efa Iwara, Tina Mba, Fubi Minaye, Wale Ojo, Jemima Osunde, Paul Utomi

Release Date: 15/05/2020

Genre: Drama

Run time: 1h 50min

Rating: 3/5

Review

‘This Lady Called Life’ is a poignant love story on abuse & redemption, it depicts the director’s uncanny ability to spin stories about ordinary people. The principal theme of ‘This Lady Called Life’ is probably too serious for it to be just another romantic film.

Child abuse takes diverse forms but one scarcely highlighted is the form meted out by mothers. This menace disguised as discipline is undeniably relatable for at least a good number of Africans.

In ‘This Lady Called Life’, there are countless heart-warming moments to coo over. Written by Toluwani Obayan, the film follows the story of Aiye (Bisola Aiyeola), an aspiring chef and single mother on her journey to finding self and fulfilling dreams. It is a story of ordinary people with simple goals.

Away from Aiye’s mouth-watering cuisine, the cast does a fine job at embodying their characters. The story often relied on the leads (Bisola Aiyeola and Efe Iwara) and their ability to communicate without words. These close shots captured Kasum’s apt style of portraying the actors’ emotions and intensifying the mood. A collaboration between Adeoluwa Owu and Kayode Kasum (‘Oga Bolaji’, ‘Kambili’) is visual bliss by most standards and the sheer beauty of the shots in ‘This Lady Called Life’ spoke volumes.

Evidently, some parts of the set were designed for aesthetic value, take the wooden wall at Aiye’s parents or Lagos’s infamous go-slow for instance. But, of course, this is typical of Kasum’s creative style. There is so much to say about this film and its cosy visuals, compelling story and outstanding performances It is one film you will regret not dragging the people who matter to the cinema to see.

 

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