BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE
Displaced tells the story of two people who find love in the midst of grief.
Chisom loses her husband Emenike, in the course of unexpected events. She is lost and deep in grief when Kenneth, a lawyer, pays her a visit and informs her that his client was sold the house by Emenike, and she has to leave. Chisom is confused, but in that same breathe, is confronted by Emenike’s mistress who has a child with him. Her heartbreak quadruples as she realizes she has lost everything, including the trust she once had for the man she once loved. She is stranded, and Kenneth is sorry, but the house must go.
Out of compassion, he comes back to help when she is thrown out with no assistance from friends or family, and brings her to his house where he lives with his teenage daughter, to be a house keeper. But nothing prepares him for the love he finds with her, and the opposition that his daughter poses.
A simple story of loss and love, Displaced is straight to the point with the story it tries to tell. It doesn’t pretend to be more too, just a predictable love story clamoring to be told. And it does, until it falls into the Nollywood cliché of rival women fighting over a man, a man who for reasons not well defined, falls head over heels for the maid. The daughter is the chief villain, assisted only by her mother, and even her acts of villainy are the same ones obtained in hundreds of films before it; rudeness, tampering with meals, attitude and blackmail.
Displaced works mainly because of its two leads, played by Lota Chukwu and Blossom Chukwujekwu. As Chisom, Lota plays distraught, then vulnerable, then in love, and plays all these despite being written as a weak character. Blossom Chukwujekwu also does his bit with a touch of mastery, and makes playing Kenneth look easy. The teenage daughter, Ure, is played by Kelly Ochonogor, and reminds you of her role in Fire in the Rain, as she plays both roles the same; spoiled teenage daughter who seems to overdo the sass. With a little more brushing up, however, Ochonogor could be something special. Tana Adelana plays Beatrice, the ex-wife, and will hardly be remembered for this role.
The dynamics of the Ken-Chisom love is pretty rapid, and gets cheesy in places, but it is hard to tell with love in real life; the timing of it, the speed of it or the intensity of it. And this is why many things can be excused in this film, because love is a perfect sugar-coater.
The movie is written by Doris Ariole, produced by Okey Ezugwu and directed by Charles Uwagbai. It isn’t a memorable film as it offers nothing special, but doesn’t do so badly either.