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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Help by Tate Taylor, 2011 (PG-13)

with Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek

In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots. When other long-silent black servants begin opening up to Eugenia, the disapproving conservative Southern town soon gets swept up in the turbulence of changing times.

Interesting movie. It has definitely an eye on the side we never talked about. For example, Mad Men is barely mentioning the revolution of the country in giving the same rights to white and colored people. Only yesterday, for the premiere of the season 4, they started raising the issue of having a white only advertizing company.
Anyway, the acting is good, the story is powerful, with moments of comedy, a strong representation of the mentalities.
Interesting although perhaps, the roles are a bit caricatures and somehow the point of view is not as accurate. I read that in the book, the description of the behavior of the white husbands towards the maids wasn't as "proper" as it is shown in the movie, that sounds more like it. Anyway, I think my main contradiction is that in the story, the writer acknowledge that her stories are testimonies, but the real writer of the book has probably done research, still, she has written it herself making us believe in a story as if it was seemingly autobiographical. In reality, it is still a book written by a woman who is imagining what was the situation of the maids back in the 60's... So let's not take the story too much for granted.


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