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Return to Me (2007)
Director – Iyke Odife
Nonso Diobi – Ikenna
Mona Lisa Chinda – Judith
Patience Ozokwor – Judith’s Mother
Helen Ohameze – Uju
Steve Dube – Anaobi
Chika Ihekwabu – Monica
Long distance relationship
My Rating: 45%
Ikenna and Judith live in the same village and are childhood sweethearts. They are split up physically for the first time when Ikenna follows Judith’s aunt to Lagos to go and make some money. Judith’s mother is happy that he has gone as she has a long standing feud with his mother. In his absence she tries to put her daughter off Ikennaby telling her that she has been abandoned and trying to encourage her to see other men. In one scene Judith is outside crying over Ikenna’s absence and her mother comes outside and says to her,
“You will not eat. You are outside crying… you need flesh for the suitors that are coming.”
I am assuming that this line was in the script before casting and not amended to fit Chinda. How would someone that is built like a brick house “need flesh”? That line made me laugh.
After not making enough money in Lagos Ikenna returns to the village to tell his sweetheart that he’ll be travelling abroad on business for a few months. They have an emotional reunion and Judith is distraught. Matters are not helped by her mother who declares Ikenna banished from their compound, as he has left behind no money to support her daughter.
Overall this film was just boring and dragged on too much. All the crying and flashbacks over being separated was long winded and turned into overkill. Chinda and Diobi had no chemistry in the romantic sense. She acted more like a mother than a girlfriend and they just didn’t look right together, the end was disappointing and there is a Part 3 that I didn’t watch, maybe that rounded off the story…