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Rated PG · 103 minutes · 2014

Biography, Historical drama
A good bit of summer counterprogramming, Belle is equal parts historical fiction, sweeping romance, and firm indictment of racist attitudes in Georgian England. In the wake of recent shameful racially tinged dialogue from NBA owners and law-ignoring ranchers, Belle shows us how far we still have to go just to treat people as equals on the basis that we actually are. Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of an English aristocrat, raised by her uncle, the Earl of Mansfield. His highness also happened to be the chief justice of the British courts and presided over the landmark Zong Massacre case, which sent tidal waves through the pro-slavery and abolitionist movements. But the takeaway from Belle is Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is fierce throughout the film as a woman fighting for a place and a voice only because of the color of her skin.


See our full review: Racism Reference Point

Racism Reference Point

Belle reminds us that the road to equality goes back centuries »

Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/belle
Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Amma Asante and Misan Sagay
Producer: Damian Jones, Steve Christian, Julie Goldstein, Steve Norris, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross and Christopher Collins
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, James Norton and Matthew Goode

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East Bay Express Belle God bless the child that's got her own. by Kelly Vance 05/09/2014
Memphis Flyer Belle Review Film nobly considers slavery, gender, and patrimony. by Greg Akers 05/22/2014
Boise Weekly Beauty Times Two: Only Lovers Left Alive and Belle Now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 05/14/2014
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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Belle Ken Korman on Amma Asante’s drama about the abolition of slavery in England by Ken Korman 05/19/2014
Creative Loafing Charlotte Belle: Brit-lit writ large Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 05/16/2014
Gambit Review: Belle Ken Korman on Amma Asante’s drama about the abolition of slavery in England by Ken Korman 05/19/2014
Colorado Springs Independent Belle mostly squanders its opportunity to really delve into power in privilege Belle should burrow into these concepts, but the film is quite content to skim the surface. by Daniel Barnes 05/21/2014
East Bay Express Belle God bless the child that's got her own. by Kelly Vance 05/13/2014

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