Tchidi Chikere shows beautiful soul in ‘Deepest of Dreams’

I lambasted Chikere for past films like Hope for Tomorrow that lack real meaning and Friends in Love (Used People) which fail miserably at successfully utilizing actors of immense talent, but with ‘Deepest of Dreams’, Chikere succeeds wonderfully at contrasting spiritual and physical dimensions, told through rationally cadenced narrative. The hardened, thick, black prosthetic used as F/X makeup (Kingsley Godwin) as seen on Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s face, can only compel viewers to face predetermined, distorted notions and ideals of “good looks”.

Debby (Tonto Dikeh) is Catherine’s (OmoT) catty, devilish, whorish younger sister who makes life that much worse for her in constantly dovetailing the words “ugly” and “truth” in the same breath. Omar (Majid Michael) comes into Catherine’s life as a divine prince, clothed in royal African garb (Chiemela Nwagboso), lavishly purchasing all of her charge cards, and returning in a red-colored Hummer, offering to take her from having to work on the streets and to pay her school fees to become a nurse. Bena (Geredine Ekeocha), Catherine and Debby’s mother, is certain (and protecting of) that her daughter Catherine is beautiful in spite of being facially disfigured and confined to using underarm crutches, after being involved in a tragic motor car accident which ended the life of her father. Dr. Orkah (Prince Eke) helps Catherine in rebuilding her lost self-esteem and self-worth, by presenting an affective solution that effectually transitions Catherine from “crutches” to “cane.”

The film is not without its glitches. Sound is practically inaudible at times, and lighting is too dark during some scenes; Uche Uwaju conducted both lighting and sound. Music also seems overly used and misapplied all through the movie (totaling three parts) and resonates on an even keel, though not brilliantly harmonizing with the film’s high, yet seemingly low tone; music is by Seigha Smooth Ebide. Other than this, Jahbless Ukaegbu edits the film persuasively, and Tchidi Chikere, the film’s writer/director, executes magnificently, highlighting exceptionally delivered character performances from almost the entire cast.

Deepest of Dreams is a magnificent movie with superb heart that I highly recommend purchasing and seeing.

Score: 3 of 4 stars

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