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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

12 Years A Slave

Definitely an Oscar contender.

It's a very intense movie, based on a true story.

Solomon is a "free black", a gentleman living in Saratoga, NY in the 1840's, with his wife and children.    His ordinary life is disrupted when he is kidnapped, sold into slavery and sent to the Deep South.  The dignity of his ordinary life is contrasted with the degradation of slavery.  The slaves are treated as something less than human, even by "good" masters.  Solomon winds up on a plantation where the owner is an alcoholic and his wife is bitter and disillusioned, and their slaves are used as part of their family  psychodrama.

The violence is raw and disturbing. There is an ever-present sense of despair and hopelessness.

There were moments when the story line dragged a bit, but overall the movie is captivating and compelling.  Definitely a "must see".

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