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The Help (2011)

Drama | 146 minutes
3,78 1.688 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 146 minuten

Country: United States / India / United Arab Emirates

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard

IMDb score: 8,1 (495.254)

Releasedate: 9 August 2011

The Help plot

"Change begins with a whisper."

The film is set in Mississippi during the 1960s. Skeeter (Stone) is a Southern girl who returns from school and is determined to become a writer. However, she causes a stir among her friends—and the rest of the small town's population—when she decides to interview the black women who care for prominent Southern families throughout their lives. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to speak openly. Aibileen and Skeeter continue to work together and soon more women come to tell their stories. Unusual friendships are formed and a new kind of sisterhood is born, but not before everyone in town has had their say.

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Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan

Aibileen Clark

Minny Jackson

Jolene French

Elizabeth Leefolt

Charlotte Phelan

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avatar van RuudC


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A movie can also be good on other fronts than just a story or its execution. The movie really got me thinking. I think the story and the execution are really good. A very bad atmosphere was created, but I'm afraid most critics haven't noticed. It is also not just a film in which the 'good' overcomes the 'evil' for a while. I had expected a very light-hearted film here, given the amount of yellow on the poster.

The film is deadly serious and shows how our black fellow man in the southern states of the US was humiliated in the 1960s, but also how difficult it is to get out of that spiral. Many household helpers will probably no longer be around, but otherwise I do not believe that, despite the fact that everyone is equal according to the law, the situation has improved much there. It especially reminded me of all the hypocrites who cry out in horror at the drowned Aylan and that refugees should be taken in, but stand on their back feet when those same people are going to be taken care of in their own hometown. We haven't really changed a bit. The story of The Help is still current and unfortunately will remain so for a long time.

Nothing negative about the film really. I watched the whole story effortlessly, even though I was a bit apprehensive about the two and a half hours plus commercial breaks. everything was fine and here and there some surprising twists with a funny tone. It's not Schinder's List of Dances With Wolves, but definitely worth it.

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avatar van IH88


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“If you can love your enemy, you already have victory.”

An impressive and intriguing look behind the scenes of white families in the South of America in the 1960s. Racial segregation and discrimination were still the order of the day and African-American women worked as surrogate mothers and housekeepers for white families. White children were raised and raised by these women, and one of these children returns to Mississippi years later to work for a local newspaper.

Skeeter (the sparkling Emma Stone) would like to write a book from the point of view of African American women and based on their lives. It is logical that the women are initially skeptical about this, because losing their job means no money for basic necessities. When Aibileen (the great Viola Davis) gives in and starts sharing her experiences, there is a slow turnaround and after Minny (the also great Octavia Spencer) joins in, the fence is over. Director Tate Taylor brilliantly manages to combine dramatic scenes with moving, humorous and sometimes downright hilarious scenes (Eat my shit!). At times you sit with vicarious shame looking at how the white women deal with their helpers, but that makes it all feel lifelike. Especially Hilly takes the cake and what a fabulous performance by Bryce Dallas Howard who gets the blood from under your nails. Special mention to Jessica Chastain who plays the somewhat naive and excluded Celia in a wonderful way and in the end manages to move filnk together with Spencer. Beautiful! The Help has touched, made me think, moved and made me laugh. A wonderful movie experience.

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avatar van cantforgetyou


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Beautiful movie. What a beautiful, natural look Emma Stone has again in this film. The other actresses also play really beautifully especially the bitchy Bryce Dallas Howard! I often had embarrassing feelings that we as humans could be so stupid and still are so stupid. How can people think they are more than one another? Just because of skin color or religion or sexuality? This film shows this once again beautifully. Unfortunately it is not much better now in this day and age.

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