Written by Evi Idoghor
I haven’t written about a movie in a minute! Then I came across this masterpiece on Netflix titled Miracle in cell no.7. I was excitedly blown away by the storyline, the plot twist, the emotions of the characters, and the pure display of love between a grandmother, daughter, and an intellectually disabled father. This post will contain spoilers, if you don’t care about that (like me) then keep reading—in my opinion, this movie is a definite must-see!
But first, let’s recount what has been going on with me…
I thoroughly enjoyed my first official day of the lockdown measure imposed by the federal government of Nigeria, due to the craziness happening around the world. I am usually a homebody, so for me, the opportunity to stay home and not worry about Lagos traffic is a definite win!
Prior to this I was on vacation for two weeks and had to halt my travel plans again due to the craziness. The two weeks of vacation were quite tough because I mourned the loss of my trips that I and friends had been planning for the past six months. I have not seen most of them since I moved back in 2017, and was looking forward to the grand reunion before this craziness began!
So many thoughts ran through my mind—why didn’t we plan to go in January or February? Why was my friend born in March and not February (haha.) I was distraught when I woke up that morning to our WhatsApp group chat saying that the trip was postponed, two days before I was supposed to leave Nigeria!
Hence, the first two weeks of being home weren’t it for me at all. That is why I haven’t written so much on the blog (and now this post is about to be a long one, but it’s interesting! So stick with me) anyway thanks to Jesus for giving me a clear mind—all the anxiety I was also dealing with has disappeared.
So back to my evening at home yesterday, when I decided to watch this awesome movie titled—Miracle in Cell no. 7. After some slight work during the day, my cousin and I decided to cozy up to this story of a lifetime (I’m such a lover of great stories).
The movie opens up with a young woman who looks like she is in her late 20s, dressed in a white wedding dress, holding a piece of metal, while listening to the news about the death penalty being abolished in turkey. She looks quite sad as the scene fades into the background.
Then we are thrust back into 1983, in the month of April, with a little girl who is being decorated by her teacher. As that event is taking place in the school, a man who is carried away by the scenery outside of the school is lost in his own world and acting a little bit weird, with me immediately coming into the conclusion that he must have some form of mental disability because he wasn’t quite acting his age.
As soon as school is out, the young kids run outside to meet their parents. The little girl who got a price from her teacher runs outside and spots the weird guy and quickly runs up to him, with him being elated by just catching a glimpse of his little daughter beaming with joy racing into her father’s arms. The other kids make fun of Ova’s father by calling him crazy in their local dialect.
Ova and her father make it to a local shop and she spots one of her favorite characters on a backpack that she wants her father to purchase for her. The store owner tells them how much it costs, but Ova and her father Memo, can’t afford it. The store owner is nice enough to offer it to them at whatever price they could afford at the moment, and then pay the balance later, but Memo is reluctant.
He promises his daughter that he would sell some apples dipped in candy the next day at a parade and will buy the bag for her with the money he makes from the sale. So they leave the shop like two young kids skipping home after a long day at school.
Now, these pair lives with Memo’s grandma who is Ova’s great-grandmother. Ova’s mother is dead and has become an angel; the best way Memo can describe the loss of his wife to his daughter (I am guessing his grandma explained it to him that way).
Ova the next day asks her great-grandmother as they are preparing the candy for the apples why her father is different from the other dads at school, and the great-grandma explains that he is special, and he is about the same age as his daughter. Ova is so thrilled that her father is also her age mate, but obviously, this is only mentally.
Pictured above: Ova, Memo, and Grandma
So the parade rolls around and Memo sells his apples dripping in candy. He is also excited to see his daughter march in the parade. After all of that is done, he takes the proceeds and his daughter to go get her dream bag. As they get to the store, Ova’s classmate is seen wearing the backpack with none left for them to buy (sad, right?) then the storekeeper reassures them that he would order some more, but as a six-year-old man, Memo can’t wrap his head around it.
He runs after his daughter’s classmate and her military dad, pulling the bag from her back, whilst offering them the money, with her father giving him the dirtiest slap! Memo falls to the ground, and Ova runs over to console her father.
Memo is also a shepherd in his village and is tending his flock around the same area where a group of the military elites are enjoying a day out barbequing with their families. The children run off to play around the area where Memo is, and they start playing with him. They tease him by calling him crazy and of course being unaware of their insult he dances around with them.
Then he spots the military dad’s daughter with her backpack amongst the kids and he goes after her. The rest of the children return to the picnic area for food, while the little girl remains to play hide and seek with Memo.