Who Loves Me?

Who Loves Me?naian

 African – Ghanaian Movie Review

Who Loves Me ~ 2010
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screen Play – Phil Efe Bernard
Director – Frank Rajah Arase
Producer – Abdul Salam Mumuni

Actors and Actresses starring:
Jackie Appiah – Chantelle/ Jasmin Ghanaian Actress
Majid Michel – David Ghanaian Actor
Rama Brew – Grandma Jane
Kalsum Sinare – Akosua (David’s mum)
Artus Frank – Rick Liberian Actor
Abeiku Segoe – Adjei
Lillian Larkai – Janica
Dan Tei Mensah – Dr Alfred
Roger Quartey – Henry
Louis Saah Acquaman – Walter Enoch

Nollywood Themes:
Obession in a Ghanaian Movie
Mortality in a Ghanaian Movie
First Love in Ghana
Sacrifice in Ghana

My Rating – 45%

Chantelle, played by Jackie Appiah is at a business dinner date one night when an artist by the name of David (Majid Michel) catches sight of her and becomes immediately mesmerised, sketching her portrait from afar as she dines. On completion he gives a waiter the drawing to give to her along with poetry scrawled along its bottom. He then disappears leaving Chantelle confused and shaken.

After the meeting David becomes completely obsessed with Chantelle and his obsession consumes him as he sits in his room day and night painting her. By coincidence David happens to be the son of a woman Chantelle gave financial help to at a hospital. His mother comes home from the hospital to see that the paintings she sees strongly resemble the girl who came to her aid.

David’s becomes increasingly obsessed with Chantelle to the extent that his mother is at her wit’s end,

“This show of irresponsibility is getting on my nerves.” She tells him that he is verging on insane and indeed it does look that way. From plastering his wall with his paintings of Chantelle he startes plastering billboards around town and kissing her picture on the wall every time he enters the room.

Chantelle sees 3 different billboards containing her picture and becomes seriously disturbed. Eager to find the mystery poster she returns to the restaurant where she came into contact with David to try and seek information about his identity and whereabouts but it is to no avail. Will she ever find this mystery man?

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This movie had me all confused like a drunk on crack. There were so many things that had me baffled. Let me list:

*** At Chantelle and David’s first meeting after the restaurant episode why is there no mention of their first meeting and the billboards? Is it supposed to be a hallucination or what? I found that very bizarre. You have been searching for this guy all over town and now you come face to face with him you don’t think to ask him why he has been posting billboards of your face around the city? Then the next minute your are all pally pally visiting him at home and you still haven’t talked about how you met.

*** Chantelle supposedly has 72 hours to live because of a hole in the heart, but she is looking great, not a hint of tiredness… NOTHING. She has just 3 days to live and not a lick of pain? I DON’T BUY IT!

*** When David gets drunk and breaks his leg at the time that Chantelle is dying in hospital there is a scene where she walks into his hospital room, kisses him on the forehead and says sorry. It is weird because both David and his mother’s reactions are minimal so I assumed that Chantelle was walking into the room as either a ghost of a hallucination on David’s part as Davis is engaging with her but his mother isn’t THEN outside we see a hospital staff approach her outside and then David’s mother comes to speak with her. HUH? I really don’t get what is going on at this point.

*** The idiocy continues. We see David’s mother slit her wrists in the hotel bathroom. A note is then found where she says that she wants Chantelle to have her heart. What kind of nonsense? Your son is certifiable and now you are going to go and commit suicide and leave him in the hands of a woman he barely knows? Nonsense

*** It is funny in Nollywood every day people are dying of abortions but then when there is a heart transplant there is no talk of the risk of Chantelle’s body rejecting the heart which we know is quite a common issue.

*** Even the arrival of Ricky Chantelle’s first love is a bit like HUH? We have not even heard his name until he arrives at her party uninvited. So it feels very much like improvisation. Now one glance of him and she is ready to dash the man that she claims she loooves so much. His mother has died for her and she goes to insult him by offering to give him half her possessions. It doesn’t fit. From the person that we know Chantelle to be, this sort of whimsical behaviour doesn’t fit and there is no development to tell us how she became this way.

Chantelle tells her Grandma,

“Loving him has gone out of me.” HUH? SINCE WHEN? You were just at the party looking all loved up and singing his praises now you decide you don’t love him. The story is not well thought out at all. To top it off they have Ricky breezing in talking bout,

“The psychologists recommend that I leave the country for a while.” Oh please!

***In the credit’s Jackie is credited at Chantelle and Yasmin. I was hoping… Please please let this be a mistake and let this not be another twin story. That will take this movie from mediocre to awful. As it ended there was mention of Jasmin so no doubt  Jasmin will be revealed in the Part 3 that is to follow.
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We see that the new guy Ricky, played by Artus Frank is a greedy opportunist, and this is what she dumped David for? She has just been through an ordeal and told the guy that she does not want to go to work or talk about work and still he is insistent on talking about it and specifically about taking lead in the company, so from that we can see that it is not her best interests he has at heart, but rather his own.

At the end of part 2 Chantelle throws in a twin sister *Rolling eyes* Where on earth does that comes from? Lawdhammercy! She gathers her two men david and Eric and tells them her dying wish is for them to find her sister, “Can you bring my sister back?” Back from where? Huh? What kinda bullsh** is this? At this point I am totally through with this movie so it is lucky that it is at the end.
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Majid Michel’s character David is reminiscent of the character of Sly in Chelsea except that in this movie David is absolutely certifiable. There is no doubt about it. His obsession is beyond creepy and you would definitely come to the conclusion that the guy has mental health issues. The question I was asking is, was David ever actually sane in the first place, or was it the one glance at Chantelle that turned him bonkers?I am also wondering, why on earth Majid has been cast again, straight after Chelsea in the EXACT same role. Talk about overkill. I guess they felt “If it ain’t broke why fix it” they must have felt they were onto a winning formula. Well it sho is broke now and it needs to be fixed.

Majid is totally believable as the loony David. We can completely believe him as the sane David too but the problem lies with the character itself. The character is not consistent. Jackie was aight and the new guy I didn’t really see enough of to thoroughly assess. I had hoped that after Artus Frank’s (they put his name in the credits this time waaheeey! LOL) role in Chelsea this role would be much bigger, but perhaps his role will be bigger in Part 3. He is a hottie and from what I saw he has got some chops so it just remains to be seen if he will be one of the contenders to the throne for Ghana’s Top Actor alongside Majid and John.

If you are hoping this movie will be on the same level in terms of quality as Chelea then hope no more. I can tell you point blank that it is not. I found Chelsea as a story much easier to digest, or perhaps the execution in Chelsea was just better. The only way such a story would make sense to me would be if David had been a known madman for a period of time. It was just completely unrealistic to me that a man who was acting as loony as he was would suddenly turn normal with no traits of the madness again. I think that Venus are riding high on the back of Chelsea in bringing this trash out. The only similarity between the movies is that Majid is a painter with a crazy obsession about a woman. I guess it is true that Adbul and Frank work better separately than together and this movie is a perfect example of that.
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In short I would not recommend this movie. It was nicely shot in terms of the picture and the sound was good. I cannot fault any of the acting but ultimately where it failed was the fluidity of the story and character development. They were just throwing in new angles at every opportunity and a lot of it simply did not make sense to me. Thumbs down.

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  1. dalea 3 says:

    I too feel the script was written a few hours before shooting part 3 not the night before, How can someone be punked about death that way………the look on Majids face says it all ridiculous……..i used to find AF movies entertaining i have wasted quite a bit of money buying on impulse not any more

  2. the movie was great but it did not have ang ending. After you chantelle and grammy told david that it was uou chantelle, the movie should have where you chantelle and david holding each other and later walking up the ilse in your weddin dress, driving off into the sunset. ther must be other part to this movie in order for it to end properly.

  3. Right, Normally I wouldn't watch Nigerian movies but recently i been getting really into them. The acting and everything is iight. Like Jackie overdid the whole thing sometimes

    But the story isn't fluent

    it's a bit confusing. doesn't really make sense at some point, however it is very engaging because you want to know what happens in the movie.

    it isn't that bad a movie but you could feel like it's a waste of time because the whole story doesn't fit together. But yeahh the obsession and shit didn't really seem that normal

    • Bukky I know that feeling of when a film is bad but at the same time you still wanna know where its going to end up. trust me I have felt that feeling too many times!

  4. Lying awake one night, wanting to pass the time, I broke my vow never to waste my time on another Abdul/Frank film, because I thought that a Majid/Jackie pairing would be well worth watching. I was wrong. I gave up on this movie. I didn't even like Chelsea. Shame I didn't see these reviews beforehand.

    • It is kinda entertaining in a "smh" sorta way though. Not one to watch unless you are wanting to catch inconsistencies and jokes. What didn't you like about Chelsea. I enjoyed that one.

  5. i thought tht i was the only who felt lost and confused by this movie. i only watched the first part, and never bothered to watch the rest.

  6. Platinum says:

    No disrespect but the comments here are full of it. I watched the movie and the reason why I love this movie is because of the story behind the story. People watch movies and pick them apart and wonder why they cant enjoy them. People now a days have no sense of imagination and are very close minded. You guys are right. To close minded individuals this is a bad movie. To open minded individuals Is a great movie.

  7. I like the movie too much and it makes me think more about lve. but i want the song plz that used to play on a movie please help me!

  8. Dikro Kennedy Yayra says:

    hello guys,i need a help wid the name of the artist of sound track of the movie at the 43 minutes and 1 hour and 12 minutes of the part one of the movie. pls hlp me with the name of the artist of the songs at the time of the part 1 of the movie

  9. loved e movie a lot.i would like to know the name of the love soundtrack please

  10. Erasmus Nghimtina says:

    I dont have any problem with this film…But i would like to know one music used in this film…I like it and like to be listening to it everyday….anyone to tell me tittles of all musics used here

  11. Hi everyone please can I have the name of the song that plays in the movie

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