Belle Thursday, 20 June 2019

Belle

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    Slavery takes many forms.

  • Starring:

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon, Sam Reid, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, James Norton, Tom Felton

  • Directed by:

    Amma Asante

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man grabs a woman inappropriately. Frequent discussion of people deliberately drowned (Zong Ship disaster). A woman beats her chest, claws at her face. Slave trade, human cargo discussed. Yelling, arguing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Plunging necklines, cleavage. Semi-naked statues.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, tankards of ale). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Racism, sexism. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    18th Century England, aristocracy, adoption, slavery, inheritance, love, family, father-daughter relationships, abolition, social status/rank, skin colour, debutantes, spinsters, history, justice, law, appeals, morality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother frequently mentioned. Deceased father mentioned. Marriage proposal, broken engagement. Church, parliament settings. Roast meat eaten, drying skins seen. Brief French (no subtitles). Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fresh, interesting, engrossing, handsome, lavish. Extraordinary story, skilful writing, impressive performances, strong heroine, pleasant visuals, sumptuous production values, top cast, capable direction.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic style, mixture of fact and fiction.

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