A good historical depiction of black segregation in the US in the '50s. Spacek peformance in the final scene is just incredible, while whoopi goldberg is more in low-key. Two things I dislike: the narration, the importance given to the little daughter and the christmas family scene, otherwise it could be a great and much more realistic documentation of what those years should have been. Also a reflection on sexism
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.
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.