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1hr 44mins // directed by:Amma Asante // featuring:Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode).

Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

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CRITICS' PICK. "Sweeping and intimate...the weave of the personal and the political finally proves as irresistible as it is moving." — Manohla Dargis

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"Smartly acted, handsome, and well-crafted" — Bob Mondello

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