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It is wonderful that the story ends on a note of hope ...
on March 28, 2015
An extremely well made film, with care for each scene and interaction. The actors are all flawless, and Thandie Newton is exceptional in an early role. The story does not overload you with slave masters' cruelty, so it is something that can be shown to various ages. However, the tone of oppression and slavery at those times in North Carolina is always present - it's clear there was no escaping the social agreement about blacks as less worthy human beings. If you truly feel this, then you can feel the fear inherent in a society of oppressive authority. The important element in the story is August King's awareness of his own moral standards, and his growing determination to follow them against the tide - even when it will cost him more and more of the tangible things that constitute his security in life. This inner dynamic between him and the girl as he comes to know her and understands her experience is the essence of the story. It is wonderful that the story ends on a note of hope for this young girl. Beautifully made and with an impressive musical score as well as the cinematography.