Sister of Virtue
Eve Esin, Mary Remmy, Francis Duru, Laclass Ozougwu, Nicholas Frank
A selfless sister resorts to selling palm oil in order to fund the education of her younger brothers after the death of their parents. She is shocked and disappointed when they later repay her sacrifice by cruelly mocking and rejecting of the love of her life.
Stanley E. Isokoh
An easy to follow storyline, with comic parts... a family story
A bit too long
-Story: [2 out of 5] In as much as I thought it was a good storyline (fairly entertaining and a simple way to spend one’s time), I also think it’s a bit overdone. To state it simply, it’s enough. Let’s stop making predictable, overdone stories and move to something with a difference. Please. This is 2012!
-Originality: [0 out of 5] Not in so many words. You see it’s not a terrible movie, it’s a fair enough watch but so are the thousand other movies with the exact same storyline. It does manage to add a bit of a difference with the ‘Kelechi’ character, but asides from that it’s the same old, same old.
UPDATE: Sister of Virtue is an exact rip of the Sylvester Madu film “The Illiterate”
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] Entirely
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] First of all, there were way too many scenes in which Francis Duru’s character breaks out into Igbo and none of these scenes are subtitled thereby excluding the non-igbo speaking/understanding audience. The cinematography wasn’t all that either, but wasn’t terrible
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] If there’s one appeal this movie holds, it’s the village couple appeal. I don’t know, it’s just something about seeing two villagers/illiterates in love (or even one). I don’t know if it’s just me but movies that explore the innocence of the un/under-educated in love and it’s affairs are always a hit with me (hence the appeal of movies like “native son” “the illiterate” “Veronica” – and just for the heck of it, for the Bollywood loving audience, “Barfi”). The Eve Esin-Francis Duru combo was not exactly killer but it was hella entertaining. Eve Esin’s rendition reminded me of the reason why I (and many others) fell in love with her in “Innocent Pain” (a movie in which she played a loud-obnoxious Yoruba woman). Eve is an actress that I personally think has a lot more to offer than the industry permits her to. She has somehow managed to fall into the stereotype of “call girl” roles, especially with movies like “Brave Mind” under her arsenal. But movies like this one, I hope will serve to remind directors that the lady is capable of more.
Speaking of role-stereotyping, we have Francis Duru, the quintessential igbo village boy #1 (or #2, let’s not forget my darling Chigozie Atuanya). Francis has done other movies but nothing suits him like these roles so in this case I accept the stereotype.
Both of them, being the two main actors in this movie, did an amazing job holding it together. Even the extras did a fair enough job and all the newcomers were impressive with their efforts but not yet there exactly.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not bad
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] I don’t understand the tint, I’m assuming it’s an effect they were aiming for? Or just a bad camera
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Very inconsistent
-Soundtrack: [4 out of 5] Well done
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done