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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...Written by
Jeremy Cohen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just finished watching Beloved for the first time. I neither read the book nor knew anything about it ahead of time, so my expectations were wide open.
I'm not going to recount all the prior comments about how difficult it was to follow - although I enjoyed a mental challenge for once in a movie - and the tremendous acting by the actress who played Denver. I'm definitely going to watch it again a few times (and, of course, I'm going to pay attention to the deer scene and look for cars).
I have a few comments that weren't yet listed here.
One is the symbolism of the rocking chair - a symbol of maternal instincts (a rocking chair connotes images of a mother and child). The reason Beloved can lift the rocking chair over her head is to symbolize her connection with her mother - her maternal link is what gives her "strength" and "life." Also, when Sethe becomes ill, and Denver is forced to look for work/food, the rocking chair is in the forefront of the scene when she finds a food offering on the tree stump. The rocking chair is lying face down on the porch, symbolizing the turmoil in the maternal relationship between Denver and Sethe. When Denver waits outside for Mr. Baldwin, the rocking chair is right again. She doesn't need the maternal link, and it symbolizes her strength on her own - apart from her mother.
Some people have commented that Sethe should not have killed her children, but should have taken that rage and fear and directed it against the white man. Well, in the end, when she finally raises her ice pick against Mr. Baldwin, and not against her own, does she finally release the ghost of her Beloved.
The movie is amazing. I've only seen it once, but there are so many subtleties to it, that those who say they didn't get it, didn't get it because it's too much trouble. It's like the difference between reading The Fountainhead and reading The Shining. So it doesn't get in your face. Use your brain.
On a negative note, after reading some of the comments about the sound-editing, I have to point out that when Denver leaves her yard on her own for the first time - in the middle of the day - the cricket sounds in the background make no sense. Most crickets are hanging out somewhere in the daytime. They're nighttime noises. Oh well.
As far as Baby Suggs is concerned, she reminded me way too much of Yoda. "Turn away from the Dark Side, Denver."
I'm going to watch it again.
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