|Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Belle|
And it's the confluence of these genres that made the Movie Slut's friend Deanne call Belle the "best movie I ever saw."
Like the young woman at the center of the story, Belle is both smart and beautiful.
Belle's father was an officer and a gentlemen in late 18th-century England and her mother, whom he loved but never married, was a woman of color. When she died, he took the child to live with his aristocratic uncle and his family.
The plot, which is based on a true story, plays out at a time when societal rules were harsh and rigid. But the question of where Belle fits in is not the only concern in this thoughtful, moving flick. It goes a lot deeper than that.
It nothing else, this film is worth seeing for the sets and costumes.