Belle


Belle
This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral John Lindsay. The story is set during the late 1700s. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle 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 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. Very little is known of the real woman, and the story is thus more fiction than history. The script is apparently by the director, while the listed screenwriter got the credit due to Hollywood politics.

104 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Prejudice).
Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit

Showtimes

Some men can be so tedious.
Some men can be so tedious.

Credits

Cast
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Emily Watson
Director
Amma Asante
ScreenplayMisan Sagay (as per credits)
MusicRachel Portman
CinematographyBen Smithard
EditingVictoria Boydell, Pia di Ciaula
Sound formatsDolby
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorTimes Media Films
Made in2013
Produced byDJ Films, Isle of Man Film, BFI, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, Pinewood Studios

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent with a mild to moderate impact
PrejudiceFrequent, pervasive, with a moderate impact
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThemes are mature and complex.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
0
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
11 +
Positive messages
4
Positive role models
3
Violence
2
Sex
1
Language
1
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
1

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconWell-crafted tale on different shades of humanity
15
Die Burger
Riëtte Grobler quote iconSkildery kry lieflik 'lewe'
10
Cape Times
John DeFore quote iconOutside the lines
10
ScreenIt
T. Durgin quote iconThis is a really solid film that I was with from the first moment to the last. Belle is a tonic for those a bit bleary-eyed from the exploits of giant lizards, web-slinging super-heroes, and more fantastical silliness on the way.
16
Metacritic.com
35 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
126 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconIt boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.
17
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
14
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation
15

What the People say

Internet
2127 Netizens quote iconMesmerizing and romantic true story
15

Average .. 70%

14

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