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1,113 Ratings

Monster's Ball

Directed by Marc Forster
United States, 2001
Drama, Romance


After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

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Monster's Ball Directed by Marc Forster

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2002 | Winner: Best Actress

Academy Awards

2002 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

2002 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen



Critics reviews

The art movie trappings include misery without much dialogue, characters who are usually much less aware of what’s happening than we are, and frequent allusions to how perceptive we are. I certainly was moved by these trappings, particularly the resourceful acting of Berry and Thornton. (She deserves the Oscar she was nominated for, though I don’t feel the same way about screenwriters Milo Addica and Will Rokos, and I wish Calhoun had been nominated for best supporting actor.)
February 22, 2002
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