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The Help

There are movies that are fun watching with friends at the cinema, movies that you can enjoy with your loved one and movies that are best seen alone at home with a cup of warm milk or something.

I must admit I enjoy all type of outings, with friends or Johnny,  but  the movies “outings” I enjoy best are the ones seen in my bedroom all alone.

And that’s how I watched “The Help“, alone in my bedroom with Marlanu’ sleeping right besides me.

The Help” is that kind of movie that would appeal to very few friends of mine because the lack of action, any real comedy and basically anything that can be found in the commercial movies these days.

Its a movie with a good story, good characters and a little piece of history.

The plot as described on IMDB:

 An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

The story basically resolves on the hardships of black women during the rights movement (in America, during the time of Martin Luther King and President Kennedy). The story is placed in one of the worst places in America to be a black person, a little town in Mississippi named Jackson.

A young woman, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, who just graduated comes back home to her family.  She is surprised to see that the black maid that raised her is no longer working for her family. Skeeter tries to find out what happened to her babysitter but her family just insists she resigned and moved on.

While Skeeter is out with her childhood friends she realizes that the black maids are being treated a lot different from the employees from her family house. Since she is dreaming of being an aspiring author, Skeeter tries to convince the maids to tell all about their hardships while serving the white families of Mississippi and put all of those stories in one single book called “The Help”.

At first, Skeeter has no success in convincing any maids to help her, until Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson two of the maids of her “best” friends, decide to open up about their lives and hardships.

And from here the story picks up, it has its ups and downs, makes you laugh and cry and just keeps you glued to the screen.

The movie is really that good.

But if you’re not the type to enjoy this kind of movie you might get bored. Yet its a beautiful movie, with a beautiful yet sad story.

There are many movies that represent the lives of black people when they weren’t considered first class citizens, almost 99.99% of those movies present a story that took place in America. I am not sure if I should ask this, but are Americans the only ones that had black slaves in those days?

I don’t remember of ever seeing a movie presenting the lives of black slaves in Europe.

This is a delicate subject that needs to be looked into before making any comments or asking any questions.

Still, if the movie was this good I wonder how the book is. After all the movies is based on Kathryn Stokett book with the same name. The book was published in 2009 and the movie came out in 2011. I guess I have some digging up to do so I can find the English version book.