Themes of greed, hubris and loss are rendered in moving performances by the film’s three primary actors, Daniel Kaluuya, Malachi Kirby and Louis Mahoney. But the city is a star, too. Its ever-changing facades communicate the passage of time and the painful decay of a dream.
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
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Hat tip to Ash Thorp.