Sissy Spacek stars as Miriam Thompson, a Montgomery, Ala., housewife who finds herself in the midst of a civil rights revolution when she helps her black maid, Odessa, during the infamous bus boycott of the 1950s.
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A surprisingly nuanced film which (thankfully) manages to avoid the white savior complex for the most part. It's a great narrative that delves into the psychology of both black and white families, respectfully presenting an important subject matter. Also, beautiful cinematography by Deakins and great performances by Spacek and an introspective Goldberg.
A subtle, quietly beautiful film about the Montgomery community that stood against fucked-up America. Four stars for carefully avoiding becoming "post-race" bubble gum nostalgia (in which we reminisce on the bad ol' days of racism as if it's not a continued, contemporary issue). An acknowledgment of the courage it took and will take for an anti-racist society.
oh how I cried watching this film! hard to believe people went through such things just because of the color of their skin. and that racism still has to be fought against. it still exists and it's sickening. Well, the end was abrupt and it could have been explored better.