I rented this film early last semester and being the bum that I am (I have yet to see Pariah or The Middle of Nowhere) I have neglected to put it out there. (Shame on me, the self proclaimed Black film geek).
Anyway director Ava DuVernay tells a really beautiful story with this film. It moves pretty slowly, however if you give it the time and opportunity that it deserves then you’ll be very pleased with the feeling you take out of it. Now lets get into the specs:
The film follows, Amanda (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) who has put here career and her relationship on hold in order to move across the country to take care of her dying aunt. As she cleans out the now deceased woman’s home, the viewer is invited into Amanda’s flashbacks getting to know more about her and her Aunt Mya’s relationship. Its very strange to watch grief being acted out onscreen especially when its something that you’ve personally gone through. This especially resonated with me as I watched Amanda and her cousin Fran (Mya’s daughter) battle it out for Mya’s possessions. They’d never really gotten alone, but I know from first hand experience that death always brings out the worst in people. Since the film only follows the main character through one day, I think that what is most important is what isn’t said.
I Will Follow is definitely worth the watch if for nothing else then to see Omari Hardwick (yum:))