The film, shot on location in Nigeria, looks beautiful, filled not only with rich exteriors of Nigerian villages and countryside but with detailed depictions of day-to-day life up and down the economic scale. The opening scene, where the sisters' parents host a dinner party for Nigeria's finance minister, is filled with ornate goblets and jewelry, offering a hint of the extravagance they've come to know. Many years and degradations in living conditions later, Olanna, Odenigbo, Ugwu, and a daughter enter their new communal housing block; a woman bathing her sons in the central bath gives a sense of how much things have changed. "We'll get something better soon," Odenigbo says when they get to their cramped quarters. When Kainene, who has gone from war profiteer to director of a refugee camp, visits soon thereafter, Olanna is washing her daughter in the same bath.