When your greatest happiness suddenly turns out to be your biggest nightmare, what do you do? Every woman’s dream is to lose her virginity to the one she loves on her wedding night but this was different for Lola played by Genevieve Nnaji, who got raped on her wedding night by an armed robber and ended up becoming scarred for life. Her nights became filled with endless tears, thus signaling the beginning of pain, sorrow, sadness, and heartbreaks. Left with facing the greatest challenge of her life, she ends up a shadow of herself.
Lola would later find it difficult to have sex with her husband, Uzor Dike played by Benjamin Joseph, due to her emotional wound, something that gradually crippled her marriage. Both of them ended up becoming insecured about themselves. Not even their psychologist could offer any form of succor to them. They soon realize how important love is in overcoming tribulations. They decide to make their marriage work and fix loose ends, to leave their past behind and live for the future.
Shot on celluloid, Tango with me is not just a regular Nollywood movie. Unlike most movies, it is not only realistic, it is able to carry its audience along right from the beginning to its climax.
Worthy of note is the fact that the movie was nominated for five awards at the 7th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Produced by veteran film maker, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Tango with me parades the brightest and biggest in the film industry – Genevieve Nnaji, Joseph Benjamin, Tina Mba, Ahmed Yerima, Joke Silva, Bimbo Manuel, Bimbo Akintola, Kate Henshaw, and Sade Alder-Hayes
The movie deployed the use of imagination in the expression of ideas using several camera tricks, lightning, costumes, great dialogue and proper props.
In all, Tango with Me which is in memory of late pastor Bimbo Odukoya speaks volume about the fact that great movies with a global appeal can still be made in Nigeria. I would rate the movie 9/10 specifically due to its cinematic effects and the use of standard equipment.
Initial release: 2010
Running Time: 110 minutes
Screenplay: Femi Kayode
Director: Mahmood Ali-Balogun