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Monster's Ball

A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment. 

Year: 2001 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Violence, family hatred and the poisonous legacy of racism come into play in Monster's Ball, a dark and beautifully directed melodrama about the strange intersection of racism and emotional need.

Monster's Ball tells the story how a racist Death Row prison guard (Thornton) can fall in love with the black widow (Berry) of the last man he executed. However, this is not a movie about interacial relationships but the specific story of two desperate people whose lives are shaken by violent deaths, and how in the days right after, they turn to each other because there is no place else to turn.

The performances of the lead characters are both amazing. Their words speak volumes but it is in the silences (the glances and facial expressions) that we truly sense the pain, anguish, desire, and eventually love that these two wonderful characters feel. It is an emotional journey that is often uncomfortable but ultimately very fulfilling.

In many places the film is difficult to watch. The problems that the characters face in dealing with what life throws at them are the same for everyone. Emotions are strong and raw and the feelings intense.

So why should you invest your time and money in so much hate and ugliness? Because the acting is truly amazing and because the film serves as a reminder that, no matter what, people will find a way to go on.

It's the feel bad movie of the term!

Vicki Robertson

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Screenings of this film:

2002/2003 Autumn Term (35mm)