TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘The Lost Okoroshi’

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TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘The Lost Okoroshi’

We all want to be somebody else…

The Lost Okoroshi is a neat little fantasy story that speaks to our deep seeded need to get away from the rat race, but it also had a need to finish a lot sooner than it actually did.

This story follows Raymond (Seun Ajayi), a security guard whose purpose in life checking out women and figuring out how to escape the hectic city of Lagos in favour of the relaxed countryside. He’s plagued by surreal dreams where he’s haunted by a traditional Okoroshi masquerade (ancestral spirit).  One morning, our protagonist wakes up to discover he’s been transformed into a purple spirit. He must navigate Lagos in this new form and his journey takes him on an adventure across all walks of life and even a secret society that want to commandeer the masquerade for their very own.

It’s an interesting bit of escapist cinema but The Last Okoroshi needed to be a little more lean and mean then its current 94 minute run time.

While it has some grander moments that play out well, making some salient cultural statements, the last 1/3rd does drag a little too long and makes you wish it just kind of got on with its story.

The Lost Okoroshi is an interesting little slice of a life that we really don’t see on this side of the globe, but it needed to be a little more efficient to be truly memorable.

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