Belle September 22, 2014

Can we learn from what happened so long ago?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as BELLE

Belle is a movie based on actual events and far more than a period piece of manners and costumes. It examines the issue of a free black woman in the heavily striated British society of the late 18th/early 19th centuries.

This is the story of an illegitimate mulatto child magnificently acted by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is raised in affluence with an excellent education and, à la Jane Austen, once she’s an adult, provided with interesting marriage prospects. Coincidently, her uncle (Tom Wilkinson) is a judge who is hearing a case based upon the question of whether slaves are humans or things, a recurring backdrop of freedom and restriction.

This movie is far more than a costume drama as it is both intelligently written and well-acted, with the result a beautiful cinematic experience which is both intellectually and emotionally stimulating.

104 minutes, 

Thank you to this movie’s sponsor


Muskoka Concert Association

Many years ago, in response to a need for excellent musical artistry in cottage country, the not-for-profit Muskoka Concert Association was formed. Since then, many world-acclaimed musicians have performed at the classic Gravenhurst Opera House much to the delight of all area music lovers. The 2014-15 season of four excellent and diverse performers begins on October 24, and our benefit concert, “Oscar Peterson, the Jazz legend and the Man I knew”, with Lance Anderson of Orillia performing will take place on October 3rd. For more information, go, or click on the logo above.

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