WHILE YOU SLEPT
Producer: Emem Isong and Ini Edo
Director: Desmond Elliot
Screenplay (Written by): Kehinde Joseph
Main Cast: Ini Edo Ehiagwina, Joseph Benjamin, Venita Akpofure and Bobby Michael
Location: Lagos, Nigeria and Jos, Nigeria
Duration: 2 hours 1 minute 1 second (02:01:01)
Date of Release: March 20, 2015
Movie Rating: 8
Reviewer: Ogunyinka Oyinkansola Amazing-Grace, 15BE02295
Synopsis: In the movie, “While You Slept”, a young wife, Kimberly (Ini Edo) suddenly finds herself a widow at her husband, Emeka’s (Bobby Michael) sudden and mysterious death. About a year after Emeka’s death, a strange woman, Najite (Venita Akpofure) shows up claiming to be Emeka’s secret second wife and that she has a son for him. Kimberly becomes more confused and finds the claim very hard to believe. She then determines to discover what actually led to her husband’s death and how true Najite’s story is with the help of her new friend, Tega (Joseph Benjamin).
Elements of Production
Some of the shots used include:
1.) Long Shot (LS)
2.) Medium Shot (MS)
3.) Close-up Shot (CU)
Some of the angles used include:
1.) High Angle
2.) Low Angle
3.) Point of View (POV-Subjective)
Review: “While You Slept” is a remarkable and interesting movie that doesn’t follow the Nigerian movie cliché of telling a story that would be so predictable at several points in the movie. In terms of the screenplay and storyline, the movie was on point and the lighting was quite good in all the scenes.
Also, I think the cast were picked well and I wouldn’t want to see any other person acting any of the roles. The audio was also quite good except for the call Kimberly (Ini Edo) had in her room after destroying things in frustration. I couldn’t quite hear what the person on the other end of the line was saying. The soundtracks used were okay however and the costume designer did a splendid job of selecting costumes for the cast according to their roles.
The movie made good use of the elements of suspense and surprise when it left the audience wondering and trying to guess what exactly it was that Najite (Venita Akpofure) had left in the envelope for Kimberly (Ini Edo) when she (Najite) visited her (Kimberly) at home. Personally, I never would have guessed what its contents were until I saw them.
If not for the few flaws I noticed, I would have rated the movie a 10.
I was a bit confused when I saw Kimberly (Ini Edo) on makeup in the morning while making breakfast. Another makeup slipup was Kimberly’s (Ini Edo’s) nightmare scene. She had makeup on even though she supposedly just woke up from sleep. Did she sleep with makeup on or something? These must have been a few careless mistakes that the makeup artist and the director did not take note of.
Also, at some point, the movie seemed to be dragging on. For instance, at the scenes where Kimberly (Ini Edo) went to the gym for the first and second times, the exercise sessions were just too long before the actual dialogue began. The idea would still have been gotten if those exercise sessions hadn’t taken so much time.
In general and except for its few flaws, the movie is a must-watch and one that I will definitely recommend to anyone who wants to watch a good Nigerian movie.
“While You Slept” is an emotional movie that sensitizes people about obsession (the kind that can make a person do crazy things) and on the menace of women whose aim are to break homes for their own selfish reasons.
My favourite quote in the movie was made in the second to the last scene when Kimberly (Ini Edo) was addressing Najite (Venita Akpofure): “Yet, I am the one…the one person he loved.” He, in this quote refers to Emeka (Bobby Michael), Kimberly’s (Ini Edo’s) late husband. It is my favourite quote because I think it was the most appropriate response to Najite’s insults and reference to Kimberly’s inability to give birth to a child.