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179 Ratings


Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 1998
Drama, Horror


After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of “Beloved”. Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen…

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Beloved Directed by Jonathan Demme

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1999 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

1999 | Winner: Most Promising Actress

1999 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Demme’s cinema reached its apex with the wild, gorgeous and heart-wrenching “Beloved,” which you currently can’t buy on Blu-ray. Oprah gives her best performance as Toni Morrison’s beleaguered former slave Sethe, who lives with the scars White America stamped on every inch of her body and soul. Her earnestness is awe-inspiring. She’s just right.
June 01, 2017
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Demme was no dummy: He knew he could never replicate the experience of reading Morrison’s prose, so he found a cinematic analogue in overt references to the horror genre, complete with special effects and elaborate atmospheric devices. And why not? Beloved, like most horror movies, is a story about the return of the repressed. I find the film, in its own curious way, as daring as the book.
April 28, 2017
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It anchors the lyrical surrealism of Morrison’s novel in a brutal historical reality that only a good movie can provide. Demme’s skill as a filmmaker was to meet his subjects where they were. Few movies are better proof of that than Beloved, which would seem like a complete outlier in his canon but is, in fact, the consummation of everything that makes him worth remembering, studying, and falling in love with as a filmmaker.
April 26, 2017
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