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The Last Tree (15)
Cast. Nicholas Pinnock, Denise Black, Gbemisola Ikumelo.
Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage, enjoys a happy rural childhood where he is raised by a doting foster mother and surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends – until his real mother reclaims him and whisks him back to inner-city London. With little emotional bond with her and no remembrance of their cultural heritage, Femi struggles to adapt. Writer/director Shola Amoo pairs a lived-in honesty with a fresh, exciting stylistic panache in this depiction of the perilous path to manhood. The Last Tree premiered at Sundance 2019. Featuring stunning performances from an outstanding cast offering a timely and profoundly compelling study of Britishness and young black masculinity, The Last Tree looks set to be one of the must-see releases of 2019.