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The Body Beautiful (1991)

The story of a white mother who undergoes a radical mastectomy and her relationship with her black daughter who begins a modeling career.

Director:

Ngozi Onwurah

Writer:

Ngozi Onwurah
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Youth
Saffron Burrows ... Model
Maureen Douglass Maureen Douglass ... Young Mother
Sian Martin Sian Martin ... Daughter
Valentine Nonyela ... Peter
Madge Onwurah Madge Onwurah ... Mother
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The story of a white mother who undergoes a radical mastectomy and her relationship with her black daughter who begins a modeling career.

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Sweet, moving short film
20 April 2005 | by fireball728See all my reviews

An autobiographical, pseudo-documentary with re-enactments about director Ngozi Onwurah and her mother, Madge. The film is told from the perspective of Madge, and it examines her feelings about her own mastectomy and her feelings of inadequacy over her own body while at the same time exploring Ngozi's relationship with her mother. Examining such issues and body image (through Ngozi's mother's feelings about her own body and through Ngozi's job as a model) and racial identity (Ngozi was born to a Caucasian mother and African-American father), I thought it was a very sweet, beautiful film about the bond between a mother and her daughter as well as an examination of what it means to truly be a woman.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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