Netflix Film Review: ‘For Maria Ebun Pataki’s ending was quite disturbing…

Netflix Film Review 'For Maria Ebun Pataki'

Earlier today, a Nollywood movie ‘For Maria, Ebun Pataki’ was released on Netflix and trust us to bring you a first review of it.

For Maria Ebun Pataki tells the story of a woman who experiences painful childbirth, and the experiences of the aftermath of it’ including the unspoken, and often distressing, challenges of transitioning to motherhood. This movie features Meg Otanwa, Gabriel Afolayan, Tina Mba, and Judith Audu.

For Maria Ebun Pataki which was directed by Damilola Orimogunje is an eye opener on postpartum depression.

The heroine, Derin goes through the throes of childbirth, with some dire and irreversible consequences to her body. And this movie does well to reflect how women don’t usually seem to have their opinions about childbirth and the consequences listened to.

There’s the mother-in-law, whose support is mixed with a sense of condescension. ‘This is just your first kid’, ‘something is definitely wrong with your life’, and similar rhetoric get trotted around due to Derin’s willingness to act towards her new-born kid. There’s the unsolicited and misplaced from people, who are basing that on their own experiences and sometimes a sense of superiority.

Netflix Film Review: 'For Maria Ebun Pataki'

Then there’s the husband, played by Gabriel Afolayan, with an attitude of more cheer than empathy. More ‘let’s do something else to distract you’ than understanding what his wife is going through. And For Maria Ebun Pataki communicates the direness and sense of isolation that comes with that.

But the best thing about this movie is without doubt the performance of Meg Otanwa as Derin. The way she expresses all the range of emotions without fuss, but with clarity, is incredible. There’s the discomfort. The sense of isolation and desolation. The way she seems resigned in situations. How she reacts to being touched. She gives everything.

The story line was easy to follow through but the ending was quite disturbing, one would have thought that a positive ending will have followed after the message of the movie had been passed. It crushed our hearts having it end that way. Asides that, it was really an emotional, relatable and enjoyable movie.



  1. B7nmi

    January 18, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    I wished it ended on a positive note..the acting was totally relatable as every pain Derin portrayed I felt it like I felt the pains I felt years ago rushing in when i gave birth as I went through such emotions in my first 2 pregnancy.

    I just wished the ending was different and more lighter.
    Kudos to the husband and I beg to differ that he didn’t show more my opinion, he did.He tried his best but sad at the end.

  2. Sade

    January 19, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    The ending is too disturbing. I regret l watched it at night, l could not sleep thereafter. Such a lively and beautiful baby. Haba!

  3. Olayemi

    January 20, 2022 at 3:56 am

    It caused disagreement between my husband and I. Just because of a movie ooo. We argued and argued all night.

  4. Frank

    January 20, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    That disturbing end was a no no for me. The purpose would be defeated especially to victims.

    • Juls

      January 21, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      I understand your stand, but I disagree with your position. It shows that if you do not act and get professional help, this would happen. It sparks a conversation and this conversation needs to had. We need to understand the psychological effect of having a child. Post partum depression and all forms of depression is real. Get professional help

    • BrownEyes

      January 23, 2022 at 12:39 am

      In a way yes but it also shows that there is help and hope. It also helps people identify the possible signs so they recognise what’s happening and support the person suffering. It shows them the possible end of nothing is done.

  5. Princess Blessing

    January 20, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t like how it ended

  6. Folasade Arike

    January 21, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Whenever there is a new film, I quickly come to Kemi Filani News for an objective and almost perfect review but I really really beg to defer on the husband’s attitude.
    He really tried, as in tooooo much, he tried oo and it still ended that way, I pity him. God reward and bless all caring partners 🙏

  7. BrownEyes

    January 23, 2022 at 12:37 am

    I hadn’t watched it when I read the review and now that i have, i am back. I liked the ending because it’s the reality. The sad reality is that PPD like all depressions,if left unidentified and untreated will end like this. Our society sadly is only just coming into that realisation and not even fast enough. As someone who suffered from depression, and still struggle with it, it hard. Such movies shine a light on the situation with the hope of drawing the needed attention and help for those who need it. Overall, it’s a well written and acted movie.

  8. God'spet

    April 8, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Sincerely I don’t like how it ended…
    Reason I had to go look for review but I am hopeful she did not die the husband was able to save her…

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