With the startling, engrossing world of “Beloved,” director Jonathan Demme returns to the big screen following his Academy Award-winning work on “The Silence of the Lambs” and the emotional power of “Philadelphia” to craft a story of singular emotional impact. Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey stars with Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise and Beah Richards in this compelling story adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. “Beloved” translates to the screen with its visceral daring intact, thoroughly immersing viewers in the haunting, haunted landscape of this story.
Oprah Winfrey, for whom “Beloved” is the ultimate labor of love, appears in her first starring feature film role since earning an Oscarr nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “The Color Purple,” with a performance of undeniable fearlessness. Winfrey optioned the rights to Beloved upon its publication and nurtured the project for nearly a decade, personally shepherding it to its current incarnation as one of the most anticipated motion picture events of the year.
Winfrey stars as Sethe, a woman of elemental grace and unspoken mystery. A figure of fierce determination, Sethe is a runaway slave struggling to carve out her own simple existence with her children in rural Ohio, 1873. Preventing her from achieving that, however, is the painful legacy of her former life, and the desperate measures to which she is driven to keep herself and her family from returning to it.