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Beyoncé: Lemonade (2016)

A view of a woman's journey through life.

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The Woman (as Beyoncé)
Brittani Alexander
Jasmine Badie ...
(as Jasmine 'JB' Badie)
Fulani Bahati
Denee Baptiste ...
(as Deneé Baptiste)
Ava Bernstine
Kendra Bracy
Bianca Brewton
Monique Brogan
Latasha Bryant
Sifare Burrell
Ingrid Burley
Gwendolyn Carr
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A view of a woman's journey through life.

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Features 12 videos. The album title was inspired by Beyoncé's grandmother Agnéz Deréon, as well as her husband Jay Z's grandmother, Hattie White. At the end of track "Freedom", Hattie White is heard speaking to a crowd at her 90th birthday party in April 2015. During the speech, Hattie says "I had my ups and downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade." See more »

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The Woman: I don't know when love became elusive. All I know is no one I know has seen it... My father's arm around my mother's neck. Fruit too ripe to eat...
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A personal journey made relatable
31 July 2016 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I was expecting a series of loosely tied together music videos, but the connection, and the narrative, was much stronger than expected. This is obviously based on Beyoncé's own life, the troubles she has had in her own family, and the importance of family to her (in both a literal and figurative sense). It's shown using a combination of private footage and more music video-like sequences, and it ends up working really well.

What's most impressive, is how Beyoncé and the movie makers managed to make her very personal story feel relatable for people in completely different situations. This is done both by showing all sorts of lives throughout the film, but also by making Beyoncé herself feel more human and relatable.

The process and personal journey described, going from feeling hurt, to angry, indifferent, etc., and then forgiveness and redemption, kind of makes the other players in her personal journey seem like passive players, and so the conveying of "forgivenes" was a bit harder to swallow. But then again, this is only meant to reflect her side of all of this, and you are just going to trust her judgment.


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