Mon­ster’s Ball

SUN­DAY Nine, 11.30pm, MA15+ ( 2001)

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Pow­er­house study of love and hate, di­rected with un­nerv­ing clar­ity by Marc Forster, that de­servedly gar­nered Halle Berry the Os­car. In a racially di­vided con­tem­po­rary Ge­or­gian town, reck­less wait­ress Leti­cia ( Berry) un­wit­tingly fi nds so­lace in the most un­likely of places – with Hank, the red­neck prison guard ( Billy Bob Thorn­ton) who over­saw her hus­band’s ex­e­cu­tion on death row. It’s a drama that will leave you reel­ing, without forc­ing its point – there isn’t a sin­gle sec­ond of screen time that Thorn­ton and Berry come up for air, both of them fear­lessly im­mersed in a har­row­ing jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery.

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