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One More Kiss (2008)
Story – Onwunzo Obinna
Screenplay – Tai Emeka Obasi
Director – Kalu Anya
Ini Edo – Jane
Van Vicker – Collins
Emeka Okoro – John
Chika Ike – Angela
Emma Ayalogu – Manager
Browny Igboegwu – Joe
Pat Otokoji – Suzy
Benita Ahanne – Vicky
Lois Unachukwu – Nkiru
Jennifer Christopher – Amaka
Jonathan Gana – Dr Ken
Geraldine Ekeocha – Eunice
My Rating: 60%
Jane appears to be a happily married woman. Her husband cares for and is devoted to her. Who would have thought a business proposal for a 10 million Naira sponsorship could throw her into so much turmoil? Collins approaches John’s (Jane’s husband) company for 10 million naira funding to set up his own business. Without knowing who was asking for the money Jane advised her husband to not release the funds, claiming that it would be a bad business move.
It is only when Collins returns to the bank to plead his case for funding and meets Jane in the office that we learn that they know each other. It turns out that Jane and Collins were first loves at university, and from the looks on both their faces we can see that there is unresolved business. Now that Jane knows who the ten million Naira funding was for she persuades her husband to reverse his decision and with total disregard for her marital status begins to relentlessly pursue Collins.
The story is fluid with the first part in the present and the second part told through the past in flashbacks in an intervention/meeting with the company manager.
Did anyone notice that at the beginning of the film the house girl/ Jane’s sister seemed to always be flaunting herself wearing mini skirts and low cut vests in front of John, Jane’s husband? They had her in the kitchen bending over with the focus on her azz. What was that about? I was sure she was going to have an affair with John but it didn’t happen!
Family Pressure/ Tradition
Jane is pressured into marrying her husband despite being, as she put it “in love with another.” Her brother approaches her with the proposal from his friend John just after their father’s death. I thought that it was wholly inappropriate for John to approach Joe, Jane’s brother with such a thing at that time, and even more inappropriate that he tell his sister about the proposal at a time when she had very raw grief for her father’s death, and even worse still that he bang on and on about it despite Jane being clearly NOT interested!
Her mother implies that she would be selfish not to marry John as her younger sister had a suitor ready to marry her, and could not proceed due to Jane’s marital status. They are bound by a tradition that says a younger sister cannot marry before an elder. They also use guilt as a persuasive technique telling her (just after her father has died) that it would have been his wish, and playing to her family loyalties.
Not only are her family on her case to marry John, but her friends are involved in the pressure too. It appears that material wealth is the number one factor in marriage suitability . They don’t take into account the love that Jane and Collins have for each other, telling her.
“If you ever leave that guy you a go suffa o!”
“This guy is the smoothest, cleanest and of course richest guy around at the moment.”
“Wetin de worry you? You see one sweet bobo you just want let go?”
In the end she agrees to an introduction to buy more time, however the relationship between herself and Collins comes to an end when Collins sees pictures of the introduction revealed by her friend. Now why oh why did the friend have to reveal the photos like that? She claimed to be upset that she didn’t know that there was going to be a marriage, but to me it seemed like a hater move. She was a close friend and she knew the general gist of what was going on. So why would she as a supposed friend not confront Jane in private. Which kin friendship be dis?
In one scene at the end of the film Collins friend approaches him to go and visit Jane in the hospital. He says to him,
“That Dr was emphatic, If you don’t see her right way she is going to pass on.”
I thought that this was ridiculous for a doctor to even say such rubbish… and all these “stress induced” and “shock” comas I am seeing in Nollywood just have to stop!!!
Some of the wardrobe choices in this film were abominable. We see Van in a vertical stripy black and white short suit. Looked WACK, and made him look so short. This was the first time that I realised the man was short. He was shorter than every female in the film. We also see Chika Ike in a vinyl looking square and check patterned badly fit suit that was swinging round her ankles… Horrendous… It even made her look kinda fat and you know she is anything but fat! Must however giver kudos for the Sunglasses that Ini was sporting at the end of part 2 just before she had the accident… They were some HOT stunna shades!
Van Vicker is as wet as a soaking mop in this… we see his tears over a chick as usual. Geez will someone please give this man some balls in a movie for once? We all know he is pretty but does he have to be so damn wet all the time? I wasn’t loving Van so much in this one. It felt like he was just reading lines… no feeling in it… even when he was crying it was pitifully unfeeling. As gorgeous as he is if he stepped it up a gear he would be a formidable force. Ini Edo however did a much better job, amidst her lip biting and constant batting of the eyelashes (will you stop that??? You do it at the most inappropriate times… Channel that!) she at least showed passion and her feelings and tears felt real.
The film was OK. In terms of picture/sound etc I couldn’t fault it. The soundtrack was beautiful and most appropriate. I thought the best part of the film was towards the end, in particular the build up of tension with Collins and the whole will he? won’t he? situation. However it is one of those films that in a few weeks you just won’t remember. For me there was something missing. There wasn’t one bit that I would tell someone, “Oh you just have to watch this particular bit.“ It just wasn’t gripping enough for me to care to recommend.