Belle

Now showing
in Woodstock
June 16 – 19

Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30
 
(UK / 2013 / Directed by Amma Asante)
PG / 104 mins.
Told in the sweeping style of a romantic saga by Austen or the Bronte sisters, Belle explores the true story of the first mixed-race woman to be raised as an English aristocrat.
Born to a white British admiral and a black Caribbean slave, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is taken to England in 1769 to be raised by her great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson). When her father dies at war, Belle remains, growing to maturity alongside her beautiful cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon). While Elizabeth’s only goal is to find a suitable husband, Belle grows more interested in politics and turns her back on aristocratic suitors in favor of a handsome but penniless vicar’s son despite her uncle’s disapproval. A fascinating period drama, Belle is more than a story of lavish upper-class appointments, refined manners, and graceful language. Beneath the film’s décor lies the heart of a woman whose courage and dedication to justice is strongly credited with influencing the legislation that led to the abolition of the slave trade.
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