Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun
  • 2013
  • Nigeria / UK
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Biyi Bandele
  • Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose
  • UK release: 11 April 2014

The story of two sisters in 60s Nigeria, Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose), attempting to assert their independence as their nation seeks to do the same. The adaptation of Adichie's novel looks beautiful but is crippled by Bandele's use of archival footage to explain the situation, which kills the narrative flow and gives the story a soap-ish quality.

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Two sisters return home to Nigeria and follow very different lives until the civil war erupts and they take sides in the Biafran War of Independence. A dramatic story set against one of Africa’s tragic conflicts that gained international notoriety.

Director: Biyi Bandele Certificate: 15

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Half of a Yellow Sun

9 Apr 20142 stars

The adaptation Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel is beautiful and well-acted but lacks depth

This adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prize-winning novel comes unstuck in the same way as many literary adaptations before it, feeling too often like a story that is just skimming the surfaces of its characters and plot-lines, never digging…

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