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I saw the film when it came out in 2011 and I was sufficiently impressed to want to view it again on DVD.
I always enjoy films about the ‘Deep South’ as I love its countryside, antebellum architecture and the whole history of that period - even if some of it is very distasteful, but then, so are large parts of our ‘ British Empire,’ but it is history nonetheless.
The filming around Mississippi is just lovely, aided of course by the fact that the director, Tate Taylor,
(also Get on Up / James Brown fame) comes from that particular state. All the filming was done there, at Jackson, Clarksdale & Greenwood. You can’t get more authentic than that!
I really enjoyed this film, though on the second viewing, I did find it a little overly sentimental, which didn’t hit me the first time around – can’t really explain that one!
The film is not trying to be another ‘12 Years a Slave’ or ‘Django,’ or even a ‘Roots and so shouldn’t be judged as such.’
I found the all-round acting first class, though quite how Brice Dallas Howard - the despicable Hilly Holbrook, didn’t get an AA nom’ for ‘best supporting actress’ as well, is quite beyond me. The ‘cast’ did win ‘Best Ensemble’ from several award groups which does make me feel somewhat better.
This is an excellent watch IMHO - the critics and public thought so too. It turned in a profit of nearly 200 million $ and was nominated for over 100 awards, winning 40.
Saw this film on tv some time ago, watching it again it had lost none of it's impact. It is a moving story about the lives of black and white American women in the '60's South, and their relationships within and across their social, racial and family groups. As they come together to write a book about their memories of the past so they start to change their future. With superb acting and directing the the film is perfectly summed up in the notes on the back of the box - "Filled with poignancy, humour and hope .... a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change."
but its not all bad you will laugh and cry in equal measures. you must read the book the detail is thorough and maybe just maybe a little long. but worthwhile.
I would highly recommend reading the book also which is available on Amazon.