Muna (Adesua Etomi) rejects euthanasia for her husband, Imoh (Kunle Remi), who is in a protracted coma and also turns down pressures from her folks to desert Imoh in this trying moment. However, Yemi (Blossom Chukwujekwu) comes along and Muna falls for him.
There are elements of originality in the screenplay and the story is captivatingly told. A lot of thinking and work went into the screenplay by Uduak Isong Oguamanam and Anthony Kehinde Joseph.
The dialogue in Falling is fabulous. Muna tells her father, “Forgiveness is divine, we are only human.” Her response to Yemi’s question, “How are you” is “Alive”. The medical parts of the film are largely well handled. The majority of the cast perform creditably well.
Yet, there are questions that are thrown up in Falling: Muna knows Yemi was flirting and does nothing to forestall his advances. Why couldn’t she firmly turn down his offer for lunch? She really walks into that affair with her eyes wide open like a coquette. This might have been considered a character flaw, but for her revelation that she is Catholic and averse to abortion; so she certainly commits a fallacy of denying the antecedent. Is adultery not also a taboo in Catholicism? The claim that she is Catholic seems an afterthought, anyway. Couldn’t anything have revealed this earlier in the film and visually too?
Why does she disregard the vow to stay with her husband in sickness and health? The fact is that she does not face a dilemma that would have made her infidelity understandable. Rather, she gladly walks into temptation. Loneliness is really a lame excuse for infidelity or any other unseemly behaviour for that matter; someone under emotional distress could seek therapy.
There are husbands and wives who wait for their partners to recover from debilitating ailments, stay with them through the management of such diseases (whatever the outcome) or stay with them as they serve prolonged jails terms. Therefore, much as Muna must have been lonely, she could have borne her burdens without derailing.
Muna does not seem to realize that a man who professes undying love for her is the wrong person to treat her ailing husband, especially a husband in such a critical condition because the easiest thing for Yemi to do is aid Imoh on his journey to eternity and then claim that complications arose. In a clime like ours, will such a crime ever be uncovered?
The main conflict in Falling is not resolved at the end of the film. With Muna telling Yemi that she is pregnant for him, the obsessive man will certainly come for his child and where will that leave Muna and Imoh’s union? In Tango with Me, Lola (Genevieve Nnaji) was raped, but in Falling, two consenting adults are involved and the consequences in the latter are dire for the personae involved.
Why is the Director, played by Desmond Elliot, screaming on the actors? It seems his screenplay merely gives the actors clues and does not spell out their lines and actions like screenplays do. It then means the cast and crew merely have an outline and not a screenplay. If this is the way some screenwriters do their screenplays, one can then see what is responsible for the half-baked films that are rampant in Nollywood today.
Niyi Akinmolayan’s Falling is engaging, but the logic of the story, especially in developing Muna’s character, is not sound. See the film for its aesthetics, dialogue and the acting skills of many of its cast.