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A figure of fierce determination, Sethe is a runaway slave struggling
to carve out a simple existence with her children in rural Ohio,
1873. She is hindered, however, by the painful legacy of her former
life, and the desperate measures to which she is driven to keep
herself and her family from returning to it.
Drama - A difficult period allegory about the effects of slavery, BELOVED is based on the bestselling Toni Morrison book. It combines elements of the supernatural with the very real horrors of slavery.
PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent. SEX/NUDITY: Several sex scenes. Full frontal female nudity. VIOLENCE: Sexual violence. Torture of slaves. Bloody murder. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: None COMEDY: A few amusing moments used for comic relief.
Beloved, Jonathan Demme's much-anticipated adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel, is a
powerful and disturbing motion picture that is likely to leave many movie-goers unsettled as they
file out of the theater. Although the movie probably runs a little too long and occasionally suffers
from confusing editing, it is nevertheless the kind of film that stays with a viewer for days (instead
of minutes or hours) after the end credits have scrolled across the screen. Beloved, which is
actually a combined ghost story/period piece, is one of those films that won't work for someone in search
of light entertainment. The movie deals with difficult subjects without flinching or sugar-coating the
truth. Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing
uncomfortable truths in the process.
A figure of fierce determination, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is a
runaway slave struggling to carve out a simple existence with
her children in rural Ohio, 1873. She is hindered, however, by
the painful legacy of her former life, and the desperate measures
to which she is driven to keep herself and her family from returning
Paul D (Danny Glover), an old friend who comes to visit Sethe
and whose understanding is tested by her household's shattering
secrets. Sethe's daughter, Denver (Kimberly Elise) is an embattled
young woman who must free herself from the crippling grasp of
her mother's choices. And Thandie Newton is Beloved. As Beloved
grows to dominate Sethe's family, her devastating presence threatens
to destroy the delicate balance of Sethe and Denver's existence.