Hats off to director, Silver Achugamonye, for his brilliant attempt to portray marriage in a manner that often many try to disregard. ‘Marriage in the Dark’ follows the gripping story of a submissive woman, Jojo (Taiwo Sofowora), whose devotion and desperate desire to please her puritanical parents has left her imprisoned in a toxic marriage to a notorious womaniser, Ronald, (Segun Alex-Jimoh), whose scheming motives are soon to throw him in a self dag pit.
In the opening scene we’re introduced to Ronald and Gila’s (Marjorie Agwang) characters, where we witness the birthing of their corrupted love affair; as they connect eyes during a rather quarrelsome phone conversation with who we (the audience) can only assume to be their exes.
In the movie we’re presented with some intriguing case of characters, who seem to have a rather outlandish connection with one another, and through the smooth progression of the movie we begin to build a healthier understanding of each one of their motives.
This movie is not one for the faint-hearted; in the film Achugamonye cleverly paints a picture of what he describes as ‘the other side of marriage’. It’s made very clear from the get-go that no character is entirely immaculate and watching Ronald transform from the narcissistic and self-absorbed chap to an utter psychopath packed with some alarming intensions, undoubtedly helped to add a certain je ne sais quoi to the movie that we don’t often see in a lot of African cinematography.
What I particularly enjoyed about this movie was Silver’s realistic portrayal of modern relationships through the characters and for that I give him two thumbs up.
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