Runtime: 2 hours 36 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Citation follows the story of a bright, young student, Moremi. She is entering her Master’s degree at the very young age 20, by far the youngest in her class. Her personal and school life is growing in a positive direction, and her life seems to be on the path she wants. She is striving towards her goal of working for the U.N. to try and help bring peace to countries across the continent and the world. All of this takes a drastic dive downwards on a very fateful night. Without warming, Moremi life is derailed, and she is forced into some very difficult situations as a result. Citation follows the events of what occurs, and also Moremi’s fight to find justice.
Moremi is our protagonist and she is a post-graduate student at a university in Nigeria. She is an intelligent, well liked student who is one of the tops in her class and has a bright future ahead of her. She is a helpful and kind student who is quite focused on her studies but does still spend time with her friends. Professor Lucien N’Dyare is the antagonist of the movie and we see that he is a quite charming and manipulative man who knows how to pick a target. N’Dyare is a horrible man who is uses his power and status to force women in situations where they give into him and punish them for not.
Citation was overall, a good movie with lots of thoughts and themes developed throughout the two and a half hour run time. By far the most attractive part of the movie was the storytelling and the overall plot. Another great aspect are the characters, both main and side. Throughout the movie, we are given lots for the development of the protagonist. Not only were we given information on her past, but we were also able to travel along her journey after the harassment she faced and her difficulties with the panel. This style of movie of flashing back to the past also allowed other side characters and their stories and motivations. I think the greatest point in the story comes near the end where everything is revealed. With enough foreshadowing, the story felt complete with a satisfying end.
The only main problem with this movie was the confusing beginning, as the flashbacks and the present time blended too closely, as well as the long run time. Also, the long run time, although provided great areas for plot and character development, had some areas where everything was stagnant.
All in all, Citation was a fun movie to watch, that stimulates and brings up many controversial and difficult topics to light.
This was an interesting movie to say the least. Having read the description I knew what type of movie this would be but it still had some unexpected turns. To start with this movie’s positives the acting in the movie is quite good with all the actors giving nuance and depth to each individual character. Moremi (as played by Temi Otedola) is the protagonist and we see her through many stages of her story and we see the contrast between her before the attempted rape and after as we see her become somber and distant from the trauma of the incident and the backlash of her decision to publicly oust her professor. Professor N’Dyare ( as played by Jimmy Jean-Louis) portrays this creepy man very well by actually showing how he could be quite charming and manipulative to get his way. The message presented in this film is powerful and it continues to be necessary in today’s world as there are reports of attempted sexual assault constantly and we need to normalize coming forward and seeking support while condemning those who take advantage of others. This movie is well filmed with many beautiful shots and a few shots where the positioning of Professor N’Dyare is above Moremi to show the imbalance of power. Of course, this being based on a true story also makes this story all the more poignant.
Now while this film has a good message, I believe there are some problems in the execution. At first the movie is really hard to follow with a lot of jumping from before the event and after which makes it hard to comprehend what is going on. I would say it takes half an hour to adjust to the way the movie is formatted and structured. Another thing I had trouble with, though this could be my Canadian ignorance, but the characters constantly switch between languages which can make it hard to follow the conversations. This movie is really long and sometimes I felt that some of the scenes they left in were pointless.
All in all this is a powerful movie that has a great message but can be difficult to follow at times. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to understand this message even more.
This is a very powerful movie. Start to finish, the message is direct and to the point. And I think that is the only way it should have been. This movie puts Moremi’s story on a much bigger platform, and serves as another point of inspiration for anyone in that situation to come forward and to have faith that the justice system will protect them.
That being said, I thought this movie was way too long. The plot is well developed, and the characters are super well written, but there is a lot of wasted time and wasted scenes. For a 2 and a half hour movie, it doesn’t have the plot length to encompass or really need that much screen time. I think that the message and story could have been delivered in a much shorter time period, and then it would have been an easier movie to follow.
The writers do a really good job of portraying Moremi’s story in such a way that brings attention to it. It is not the easiest movie to watch at all times, but it wasn’t written for your enjoyment. It was written to bring more awareness and attention to real issues that exist in our society, and have existed for years.
I think this a very powerful story that is worth your time to check out. It is way too long, but the message is important, and it is still a decent film from an acting and cinematography stand point.
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Afolayan, Kunle, director. Citation, 2020, www.netflix.com/