Realism of the kitchen sink and magical varieties blend in this intriguing drama about a British woman who finds herself miraculously pregnant and must cope with what this epiphany means for her and her family. The mother to watchful 11-year-old JJ—
her first “miracle baby”—
Jackie (the subtly brilliant Nadine Marshall) has a history of miscarriages and trouble conceiving, never mind the fact that she hasn’t let her husband Mark (a jocular yet intense Idris Elba) touch her for months. Within tightly framed spaces, the tiny depth of field keeps us close up with the family’s everyday domestic life, while at the edges of the frame, Jackie’s nerves and marriage blur and unravel. Writer-director Debbie Tucker Green plays on the cadences of the family’s London-Jamaican patois in her dialogue, drawing out a trio of simple, powerful performances, especially from young Kai Francis Lewis, a quiet witness to the coming judgment day.
Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora