Time Travelling with Miracle in Cell No. 7
Have you ever seen a movie and you cried so much that you got dragged into revisiting your movie-moment-crying history? lol Miracle in Cell No. 7 did that to me and I guess that’s what time travelling with Miracle in Cell No. 7 is all about.
I remember the first time I watched a movie and I cried. I was probably nine, ten or more. It was a Nollywood movie funny enough. It was really how I fell in love so much with Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
I’m sure you should be able to guess the movie by now! Almost every 90s babe saw the movie.
Of a fact, the movie wasn’t the first time I’ve seen them act but it just resonated differently you know. I did cry watching Blood Sisters, part two especially. All those scenes where Gloria (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) as a ghost was trying to help Adaobi and her little brother cross the road; when she was also trying to stop Esther (Genevieve Nnaji) from beating Adaobi unjustly. They were some of the really emotional moments in the movie.
So, I cried. I can confidently say that the movie was my first solid movie-crying experience (you get what I mean). Then over the years, I’ve cried over We Are Family, a Bollywood movie and I think since then, that was all until Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us.
Boy! Watching When They See Us was a totally different experience. The fact that it was nothing close to fiction but a representation of actual experience in New York’s history, got me. I cried like a child. Episode 4 especially humbled my tear ducts; they gave way to more tears😭😭😭.
There’s something about nonfiction and history that fascinates me. I literally cannot explain it. And let me also specifically say that until that movie, I have never heard of the Central Park 5. My lecturer thought that was understandable/excusable because I wasn’t born during those years or few years after.
So here’s what I did after I heard that the movie-series was based on a real event – I consumed almost every piece on Central Park 5 and followed the trajectory of events that took place as a result of people’s reactions to the movie.
Maybe it’s the researcher part of me that is just obsessed with nonfiction and history especially, but I really love how historical/nonfictional movies make me consume knowledge, acquaint myself with the world and double-check what I have come to believe as facts.
Miracle in Cell No. 7
Last week I saw the movie, Miracle in Cell No. 7 and mehn! I didn’t cry, I wept. Like I paused the movie countless times just to wipe my face. I started crying from the scene where Memo, Ova’s father was pushed to the ground by Seda’s father at the Bag Shop, and from then on was non-stop tea
Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2019 Turkish version) is a remake of a 2013 South Korean movie of the same title. It tells the story of a mentally-ill father, Omem and his six-year-old daughter, Ova. Omem who has an intellectual disability, and is said to be the same age with Ova mentally is wrongly accused of murdering a little girl, Seda.The movie is both heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time. It does an excellent job exploring love, family, father-daughter bond, mental illness, friendship, justice and lack thereof, grief, loss and most especially, humanity… Click To Tweet
My Brief Thoughts
The movie is both heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time. It does an excellent job exploring love, family, father-daughter bond, mental illness, friendship, justice and lack thereof, grief, loss and most especially, humanity and sacrifice.
One thing that also stands out for me is how history skillfully meshes with the storyline. Plus, telling the story through the flashback technique created a beautiful synergy between the opening scene and the closing scene and that I love very much.
Also, I must say that the language of Miracle in Cell No. 7 is so beautiful and profound. As someone who pays attention to how words are used and manipulated, this movie delivers great dialogues and punchlines. Lest I forget, the acting is maaaaaadddddd🔥🔥🔥. . . Aras Bulut Iynemli 👏👏👏👏👏🙌 and Nisa Sofiya Aksongur especially did an amazing job; to say their acting was flawless will never be an
I cannot begin to highlight all the things that make Miracle in Cell No. 7 so beautiful, but one thing I couldn’t help but notice is the very important attempt it makes at exploring grief and power/highhandedness, looking at how Seda’s father responds to the truth when it finally arrived.
On Sacrifice and Love
Overall, I don’t wanna say Yusuf is my hero, but really, he is one of those characters who help make the great lesson of the movie come to life. He could have chosen not to give his life to save Memo’s regardless of his crimes but he did. I don’t know how to explain this further but if you have seen the movie, I’m sure you understand.
Here is what I’m trying to say – that an unjust man would die before his time, in place of a condemned yet innocent father, so that he might restore unto a child, her father; not so that he might redeem himself. How much more God through Christ!
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the dialogues. It’s by the character Hafiz. It says;
You are uniting a father and daughter who don’t have anyone else. The place of a man who does this is Heaven, whatever his sin may be.Hafiz, Miracle in Cell No. 7
Do I recommend Miracle in Cell No. 7? Yes, I greatly do, but make sure you have at least a pack of tissue close to you.
Will I watch the movie again? No, I won’t (It made me cry more than any movie I’ve seen. I don’t think I want to put myself through that another time).
What’s my rating? Definitely a 8.5 out of 10
Have you seen the movie? What do you think of it? Do you cry when you watch movies? I want to read from you in the comment section.
Till I come your way again,