“Belle” by Amma Asante (UK, 2013)

Belle

Similar in its content to A United Kingdom (2016), Belle shows in a dramatic and intelligent way the web of social constraints that ensue from racial segregation (horizontal) and hierarchical stratification and dominance (vertical inequalities). Furthermore, in both movies, love and politics are cleverly intertwined. And to make matters still more enjoyable, their main female characters are and remain intelligent and substantial throughout the movie.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, Penelope Wilton
Director: Amma Asante
Screenplay: Misan Sagay
Cinematography: Ben Smithard
Music: Rachel Portman
Film Editing: Victoria Boydell, Pia Di Ciaula

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“A United Kingdom” by Amma Asante (UK, 2016)

A United Kingdom by Amma Asante (2016)

Very similar in its content to Belle (2013), bringing in a dramatic and intelligent way the web of social constraints that ensue from racial segregation (horizontal) and hierarchical stratification and dominance (vertical inequalities). Furthermore, in both movies, love and politics are cleverly intertwined. And to make matters still more enjoyable, their main female characters are and remain intelligent and substantial throughout the movie.

Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Vusi Kunene, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Jack Davenport Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Cinematographer: Sam McCurdy
Editor: Jonathan Amos, Jon Gregory
Composer: Patrick Doyle

“Jasper Jones” by Rachel Perkins (Australia, 2017)

 

Jasper Jones

Interesting representation of teenagers rejecting the crooked ways of the significant adults around them.
NOTICED (SPOILER): One mother betrays her husband. Another one destroys evidence to protect hers. In the end, it leaves two children betrayed by their mothers.
The musical score is too omnipresent. 

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writers: Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey (story)
Music by Antony Partos
Cinematography by Mark Wareham
Film Editing by Veronika Jenet

“Far From Heaven” (Todd Haynes, USA 2002)

far from heaven

A good movie with a strong message, if you ignore the unnatural situation, the beautiful colors and the perfect settings.

Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis
Written and Directed: Todd Haynes
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography: Edward Lachman
Editing: James Lyons

“A Patch Of Blue” (Guy Green, USA 1965)

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Excellent script, personages, direction.
A top as far as minorities and message are concerned.

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman
Director: Guy Green
Writers: Elizabeth Kata (novel), Guy Green
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography: Robert Burks
Editing: Rita Roland, Hal G. Davis