Belle

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Loosely in­spired by the true story of a mixed-race woman who min­gled with the aris­toc­racy of 18th-cen­tury Eng­land, this pe­riod drama re­volves around Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-raw), the il­le­git­i­mate daugh­ter of a Royal Navy cap­tain and an African slave, who grew up as a ward of her great un­cle (Tom Wilkin­son). Best known from a paint­ing of 1779, the real Dido’s bi­og­ra­phy is treated rather fan­ci­fully, but Mbatha-raw brings the fic­tional story’s hero­ine vividly to life as she falls for Sam Reid’s lawyer. 2013, 12, 104MIN

COULD GUGU AND SAM BE TO­GETHER, DE­SPITE BE­ING WORLDS APART?

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