Tango With Me Nigerian Movie Review
Year of Release: 2012
Story/Screenplay – Femi Kayode
Director/ Producer – Mahmood Ali Balogun
Genenvieve Nnaji – Lola
Benjamin Joseph – Uzo
Bimbo Akintola – Sandra
Joke Silva – Lolas mother
Ahmed Yerima – Lola’s Father
Bimbo Manuel – Counsellor
Tina Mba – Ms Bankole Smith
Kate Henshaw Nuttal – Doctor
NollywoodForever.com Rating – 80%
Lola (Genevieve Nnaji) and Uzo (Joseph Benjamin) meet during her youth service and are married after a 3 year courtship. On their wedding night Lola, a virgin is raped by armed robbers who break into their hotel suite, right in front of her new husband. Both bear the emotional and psychological burden that the rape places on them. She is emotionally scarred and has trouble having sexual relations with her husband, while her husband bears the guilt of not being able to protect her when she most needed him to. Their marriage is only two months but they are already seeing a marriage counsellor. It remains to be seen if they will be able to break down the psychological walls that keep them apart.
Joseph and Genny make a beautiful couple. I was worried that she would look a lot older than him but they in fact complimented each other well. Genny did very well at playing a woman scarred by rape. Joseph too acted the hell out of his role and the tormented husband. Both performances were very passionate and drew you in. The portrayal of a couple dealing with rape was very sensitively handled and I appreciated that.
Cinematography & Sountrack
The movie was beautifully shot. The picture was crisp and clear. The soundtrack complimented the movie and was never overbearing. I did feel that some of the first scenes dragged a little, especially to put at the beginning of the movie, they were way too slow, beautifully shot but draggy and should have perhaps been further edited.
Great title and I love the way they fit the explanation in. It made perfect sense in the context of the movie.
SPOILERS AHEAD! Read on at ya own risk!!!
Lola’s friends are envious of her relationship not knowing what is really going on behind the facade of them being a “happy couple. Lola has not even told anyone what happened on her wedding night perhaps out of fear as being seen as a failure or pitied. Rape is still seen by some as shameful or something that women bring on themselves particularly in African societies.
The movie shows the very real issue of how rape not only affects the person being raped but those around them. We see Uzo unable to make love to his wife and having flashbacks to the night in question. In one scene Uzo comes home drunk after dinner with his boss and Lola exclaims,
“Uzo I don’t understand you anymore. The way you are carrying on it is as beginning to look like you are the victim here and this this happened to me! Me! Who should be traumatised here. You or me?”
We see through Uzo that men too can be psychologically traumatised by rape even though it may not have been an act physically perpetrated against them.
Is it a woman’s right to choose because it is her body or does anyone else have a say so? The woman’s husband? The father of the baby, does he have a right. In the movie Lola believes that it is a womans right to choose telling him,
“Its my body Uzo.”
Nollyforever Says What?
How does a man just break into the delivery room like that Say What? No clinical gown or mask?
I would definitely recommend this movie. It is beautifully shot, with a soundtrack to compliment. Joseph and Genny look good together and have an easy chemistry. I did find it somewhat slow in parts, but that in itself was minor. I loved that rape was sensitively handled and that the performances were passionate and heartfelt. Thumbs up!