Belle (2013) (C)
"Elegantly appointed and unabashedly romantic."
Claudia Puig, USA Today.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw delivers "a breakthrough performance" (Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times) in this "gorgeous must-see film" (Cori Murray, Essence) that's based on an extraordinary true story.
Although Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), an 18th century English woman of mixed race, is raised in privilege by her aristocratic great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), she is denied a proper social standing because of her skin color.
But when Dido falls in love with a young idealistic lawyer (Sam Reid) who aspires to create positive change, she finds herself caught between two worlds.
With everything to lose, she struggles to convince those around her - and the society in which she lives - to overcome their biases and accept her fully.
Only if she succeeds will she find true happiness in this exquisite masterpiece that also stars Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton and Matthew Goode. -- (C) Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2013, UK.
Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Tom Felton, James Norton.
Directed by Ama Asante.
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection.
Based on a true story.
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014.
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