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‘It Blooms in June’: A Poignant Journey of Growth and Awakening

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It Blooms in June

‘It Blooms in June’

Directed by: Kayode ASzeez
Written by: Gabriel Odigiri
Genre: Drama
Released on: February 23, 2024 (Prime Video)
Language: English

Kayode Azeez’s It Blooms in June might just be one of the most underrated movies of 2024. It Blooms in June is produced by Dotun Olakunri and Steve Gukas the founders of the First Features project. The project is an initiative to nurture and empower a new generation of visionary film directors by providing them with adequate training and funding for their first feature films.


At the heart of ‘It Blooms in June’ lies a poignant story that many will find relatable. The film intricately explores the relationship between Lanre (Femi Jacobs) and his daughter, Mira (Susan Pwajok), as they grapple with loss and the ensuing growth that reshapes their lives. Set against their voluntary isolation, the narrative delves into themes of familial bonds and the rites of passage into adulthood, making it a universal tale of love, loss, and coming of age.


Susan Pwajok’s transition from her role in The Johnsons to Mira was one we eagerly anticipated. However, her portrayal felt too reminiscent of her television persona, lacking the departure we had hoped for. The dynamic between Mira and Ebisinde (Kem Ajieh Ikechukwu) struggled to convey the authenticity of first love, which was disappointing. Conversely, Femi Jacobs and Kiki Omeili delivered exceptional performances as Lanre and Joanna, offering a more compelling and watchable chemistry than that of the younger couple. The depiction of the father-daughter relationship between Lanre and Mira was a highlight, beautifully capturing their deep bond.


The film’s narrative is heartwarming and straightforward, with its fair share of predictability, save for a surprising twist when Mira’s escape from her sheltered life leads to unexpected danger. This moment, initially jarring, ultimately serves to weave the story’s threads into a cohesive resolution.

Technical Aspects

The visual presentation of ‘It Blooms in June’ is stunning, with a careful selection of locations and a keen eye for detail, notably in the expression of Mira’s character through her personal spaces and the creative use of a teddy bear to mirror her emotions. However, the film’s subtitles, particularly the Yoruba translations, were a consistent source of frustration.

Final Thoughts

The decision of the parents to abandon their emerging relationship in favour of their children’s storyline felt uninspired and detracted from the narrative’s depth, especially given the lacklustre connection between the young lovers.


‘It Blooms in June’ presents a beautiful, if familiar, story executed with considerable care and attention to detail, earning it a solid 3 out of 5 stars. We’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve also watched the film.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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