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Review: Family ties bind and swaddle in 'Mother of George'

Review: Family ties bind and swaddle in 'Mother of George'

"Mother of George" is an unexpected gem about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law. The couple under duress is part of Brooklyn's close-knit Nigerian immigrant community. Not a side of that borough we usually see.

But it is the kind of distinctive, culture-driven drama from emerging filmmakers that I wish we saw more of. Darci Picoult's screenplay is refreshingly spare and alive with energy in director Andrew Dosunmu's hands.

The Nigerian-born Dosunmu knows the New York immigrant experience firsthand. He got his start directing videos for Common, Wyclef Jean and Aaron Neville among others, and he splits his time between the city and his birthplace,...