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Belle

  • Starring: Emily Watson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson
  • Director: Amma Asante
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 104 min.

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. [Fox Searchlight]

"Belle is a beautiful period piece, but it's also something more: a study of racism, classism and sexism in 18th-century England. "
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Elegant and understated, Belle is a true story about the effects of slavery on 18th-century England, told in the style of a sweeping romantic saga by Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters. "
- Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Belle is greatly buoyed by Mbatha-Raw's performance. She infuses Dido with a confident and intelligent grace that keeps you engaged long after the tangled story has let both the actress and audience down."
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Beautifully cast, touchingly played and handsomely mounted, Belle is as close to perfect as any costumed romance has a right to be. "
- Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"The weave of the personal and the political finally proves as irresistible as it is moving, partly because it has been drawn from extraordinary life."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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