Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Help - the movie

This weekend we're back in Louisiana, and last night husband, my sister in law Ash and I went to see The Help. I read the book a couple of months ago, and loved it. I couldn't put it down. But the movie, while well acted and everything, just broke my heart. In case you don't know, it's about black maids in Jackson, Mississippi in 1960. A young, white writer decides to get together with several of the maids and write a book from the maids point of view, about the children they raise, the women they work for, not being able to use the bathroom in the home. At one point during the movie, I had to leave the theater and go into the bathroom and just cry my heart out. I cannot even wrap my head around the awful, awful treatment of the black community. You know, you read about it, you hear about it, and in my case at least, talked about it with family, but it isn't until you see it in live action that it hits you in the stomach.

Other than myself, there were no black people in the theater. And we were easily the youngest people there. If I had known how upset I was going to get, I probably wouldn't have seen it. I was pretty angry for the rest of the evening, and that's no fun on a Friday night.

What movie breaks your heart?


~Haley~ said...

I haven't been able to read the book or watch the movie because I think I would be a little heartbroken too -- and I'm not black.

We saw Planet of the Apes and I had to choke back tears. I can't handle abuse of any kind, to humans or animals... and this movie just wasn't for me.