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I Will Follow (2011)

Salli Richardson-Whitfield , Omari Hardwick , Ava DuVernay  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Michole White, Dijon Talton, Blair Underwood
  • Directors: Ava DuVernay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z1HYBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Will Follow" on IMDb

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Maye is a success. Hot career. Hot boyfriend. But when her world is turned upside down by tragedy, she must struggle to keep her balance. I Will Follow chronicles a day in the life of a woman at a crossroads, and the twelve people who help her move forward into a brave, new world. The outstanding cast features Salli Richardson-Whitfield (I Am Legend, Antwone Fisher), Omari Hardwick (For Colored Girls), Dijon Talton (Glee), Tracie Thoms (Rent), Michole White (She Hate Me), Blair Underwood (The Event) and Beverly Todd (Crash).

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Must See: Support Quality Independent Cinema May 27, 2011
In "I Will Follow," successful makeup artist Maye Fisher (nicely played by Salli Richardson-Whitfield) is grieving the loss of her dear aunt Amanda as she packs to move out of the home they shared for the past year. The pending move incites conversation, confrontation, and closure between Maye and a handful of loved ones.

"I Will Follow" is a lovely film. Simple. Serene. Quiet yet aptly punctuated with electric scenes like the emotional confrontation between Maye and her cousin (and Amanda's daughter) Fran (powerfully rendered by Michole White) and the deliciously tense exchange between Maye and Troy (played by Omari Hardwick - uh. yum), a gentleman friend who'd been on standby for a year. (So as not to give too much away, I'm gonna leave it at that.) The film's location - a charming home in Topanga Canyon, California - and soothing soundtrack provide the perfect backdrop and ambience.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Leader July 26, 2011
With I Will Follow, DuVernay has managed to do something rarely achieved in American cinema: present black folk--and black gay folk for that matter--as human beings capable of the same joys and sorrows, traversing the same hills and valleys, as the rest of the world.

Outside of their common tropes, devoid of demeaning pathology and dehumanizing racial and sexual gazes, DuVernay is free to display these characters with an inward gaze, which only serves to magnify their humanity. They have lives that seem informed by events that occur before and after the film. In other words, they are three dimensional: not "black people" or "gay people," but just people.

All of this is recorded with a lens so precise and a light so interested in finding the beauty in every instant, that even the moments of sorrow are moonglow. And one must not forget the cinematography: lovely trees, breathtaking sunsets, winding roads, and the elegance of privacy. One can only hope that the Academy and the NAACP are watching, too.

I Will Follow is a sublime, hip, inspired, affirming, empowering film that evinces DuVernay's incredible intellect. If this is the kind of art we can expect from this writer/director in the future, then, perhaps, we should follow her wherever she decides to take us.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Ava Duvernay's I Will Follow is a breath of fresh air in a stale period of African-American cinema. I Will Follow is a beautifully crafted film that features multidimensional characters, beautiful cinematography and a thought-provoking plot. I haven't seen a Black film made with this level of quality in over a decade. This is one of the best films of 2011.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield gives one of her finest performances as Maye, the niece of Amanda, a background drummer for some of the most popular musicians of the70's and 80's. After taking a year off to care for her dying aunt, she has one day to pack up all the belongings in the home she shared with her and we watch as twelve strangers help her pack her belongings into a truck and help her move forward with her life.

I Will Follow is a great movie. It's rare that we get to see these slices of African-American life presented onscreen, a film where we see African-Americans as multidimensional people, expressing themselves as human beings, not like caricatures and stereotypes. This is the kind of story about Black life we hear about all the time, but it's rarely ever shown onscreen in the media. It's very rare that Black actors are given material of this quality and an opportunity to perform playing multidimensional characters like this in today's media. This is the kind of African-American film I want to see made, and if I made films this would be the kind of film I would make.
The screenwriting on this film is top notch. Many say Duvernay's story is slow, but I have no problem with the pacing of this movie. The storyline is very subtle and nuanced showing us those little things in life so many of us take for granted. It's the kind of story that can easily go over people's heads if they're not paying attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Quiet, Amazing, Must See Movie! February 24, 2013
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Maybe you are not use to viewing Black Americans in this sort of movie. Perhaps, you may never remember knowing or seeing a movie of this genre (at least in this century). But this is an amazingly quiet and beautiful movie that speaks of the human cross-roads that all of us will go through at some point in our lives. It quietly touches on the choices that we make in the face of adversity and the inevitability of death of someone that we love. It speaks quietly about how the human spirit can torture us when we have not been honest with ourselves, or are too late to make the change/take the chance that we could have/should have before losing someone forever. It speaks to the heartbreak of children to their parents, young people to their elders. It speaks to how sometimes, when death comes how badly we can behave. It speaks to how we can get sidetracked from who and what is really important in the grand scheme of things; and what the consequences of that action, that choice can be. It is a strong powerful movie that needs no apology for its story. It does not judge. The soundtrack is so very moving, soothing, melodically (is that even a word?)harmonious , and adds a perfect back-drop to the movie without over powering it; or intefering with what this movie expresses. The soundtrack enhances this movie exponentially!
At this price point, it should be added to your dvd collection; and viewed with those that you love, that you may love, that you call friend, that you call family. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I WILL FOLLOW - OUTSTANDING MOVIE!!!
Excellent movie. I definitely enjoyed the story line and the characters. This is the true meaning of love and loyalty to family, makes you really appreciate your loved ones and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Linda N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Moving! Gritty! Real!
Published 24 days ago by Reginald Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Movie
It was a good movie, but very misleading by the cover. It would have been nice to see more interaction between the two stars on the cover, to get a better understanding of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by FeversD
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
boring - but i can still watch it on mute just to stare at Omari Hardwick fione self
Published 1 month ago by A. Garwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ishmar Muhammad
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Omari hardwick
Love Omari hardwick ,movie was good.
Published 2 months ago by Twanda Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Donald E Jenkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Movie
This moving was so boring, I thought Omari Hardwick was going to be a main character in the move NOT. Also Blair Underwood only had a little part in the movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrice Nails Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I Will Follow
I Will Follow is a heart-felt movie with excellent performers by all artists. Ava Devaunay did a wonderful job. Waiting for Amazon to offer Middle of Nowhere.
Published 4 months ago by Linda G Woodberry
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
This is one of those movies that loses the plot and what is really going on. I'm still trying to figure out what is was truly about, her mother having cancer and dying or her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Monica Brown
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