Belle is a period drama film directed by Amma Asante. The film, a true story, was inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, at Kenwood House, which was commissioned by their great-uncle, William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, and then Lord Chief Justice of England.
Belle was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). You know what surprises me the most? The fact that he took her home to England and asked his aristocrat great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson) to raise her! They did raise her by the way, not just raise her raise her… but actually raised her in a beautiful manner!
I know you’re supposed to fall in love with Belle and the young vicar’s son BUT it was Lord Mansfield who left an impression on me… he’s break-through at the end kind of sewed the story together!
There was one scene in the movie where John Davinier (vicar’s son who is hell bent in changing society – refreshing!) declares his love for Belle to Lord Mansfield. Public declarations of love has always been a melting point for my heart.