Nollywood stars Bolanle Ninalowo and Tana Adelana at Genesis Cinemas
We don’t come across people who make us laugh, reflect and tell our story every day. In recent times, art, drama and the big screen have become media of exposing societal ills, telling our stories, making us laugh and yes, expressing our dignity and pride.
DUDU BLOG’s Executive Editor, Oludare Sorunke was at Genesis Cinemas, located in the expansive Novare Mall, along Lekki Epe Expressway Saturday night to watch Tana Adelana’s new movie, The Reunion.
Tana was gracious to have a chat with us:
Hello, you have an interview. We’ve started.
I can’t…I can’t even think very well (excited)…
Can you tell us what The Reunion is about?
The Reunion is about four ladies who went to school together, came back after 15 years and ups and downs and everyone is trying to pretend, show off. It has a good message.
Can you tell us about the cast?
It boasts of a stellar cast. It has me, Mercy Johnson, Lilian Esoro, Adedimeji Lateef, Femi Jacobs, Jide Kosoko and the list is endless… Fredrick Leonard, yeah.
What do you expect us to see in the movie?
Four school mates; Tana Adelana, Lilian Esoro, Mercy Johnson-Okojie and Mercy Aigbe, got together after several years to have a charity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Alma Mata, Zenith International College.
Each came with baggage from the past; Tolu Olowookere played by Mercy Aigbe was a heavy drinker. She later got to know that her Senator husband; played by veteran actor Jide Kosoko, was gay and that the NGO he established for her was a ploy to keep her busy. Amaka, played by Mercy Johnson-Okojie, had hot pants. She couldn’t take her eyes and hands off any man. She was abused by the school Chaplain, a man she adored and looked up to as a spiritual mentor. Lola Coker; an accomplished event planner, played by Tana Adelana, had a child out of wedlock, a decision she claimed was the best she ever took in her life. Lilian, a housewife was married to a cantankerous husband.
Beneath the fine clothes and beautiful makeups are deep-seated hurts, struggles, unfulfilled dreams and disappointments. They had to confront their ‘demons’ in their altercations and catfights. Secrets that had been buried were exposed in fits of rage.
Eventually, each had to accept that no one is perfect. That failures, struggles and disappointments are part of growing up. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be happy. Most importantly, no one should be intimidated by another’s definition of success.
Society places a heavy burden on us all. It defines what success means and when it appears that one does not ‘measure up’ to that standard, one feels rejected. In a society where everyone is looking for attention, it’s easy to run another man’s race. Sad.
Start to finish, The Reunion is a good family movie. Each actor delivered their lines. The picture quality is commendable. The cast is well selected.
However, the dialogue could be better. We do not enjoy strong, profound dialogues in our movies.