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“The Help” Will Open Deauville American Film Festival + Danny Glover Tribute

"The Help" Will Open Deauville American Film Festival + Danny Glover Tribute

I’ll be seeing The Help this Thursday evening, and looking forward to finally taking a look at it, after over a year of discussing it, and reading your mostly derisive comments about it over that same period of time. Although I’ve read the book, and obviously familiar with the content, I really don’t know what to expect here – whether it’ll be a faithful adaptation, or something more transgressive. I’m leaning towards the former, but I’ll find out for sure in a couple of days.

Unfortunately, I won’t be allowed to review the film here – at least not right away. But I should be able to give you some idea of what to expect.

It opens on August 10th here in the USA, but not until November in France. However, if any of our French readers lives in Deauville, France, or in the vicinity, you’ll get an opportunity to see the film 2 months earlier, when it’ll be the opening night film at the Deauville American Film Festival which runs September 2-11.

Other notable items announced for this year’s festival include a tribute to Danny Glover, and screenings of Sing Your Song (a documentary on singer, actor and Civil Rights activist Harry Belafonte), and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, which we’ve given lots of coverage to on S&A. I saw it at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and reviewed it on the old site. Sing Your Song also premiered at Sundance.

Visit the festival’s website HERE for the full lineup of events and other relevant info.

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Geneva Girl

I find it interesting that the film will open in France. It seems that movies with black characters generally don’t do well in Europe in the theater. I don’t have the numbers to back that up, but say it based on my experience of seeing Dream Girls on the opening weekend, Saturday night no less, in an empty theater.

I am very curious to see the movie and what they’ll do with the characters. Based on the picture above, I can say that they’re not being faithful to the book. (To my memory, the characters above weren’t ever in the supermarket together.) I did enjoy the book, but was not happy about the negative depiction of black men (never around and violent).

Personally, I don’t have problems with depictions of domestic workers. It was an honest job and I had domestic workers in my family. While I agree with a previous comment on wishing to see more positive portrayals of our history, let’s be honest, black folks don’t really support these types of films.


The trailers they’re showing now makes the movie seem like another Fried Green Tomatoes with a dash of female gossip to propel the movie and make it seem like historical fun. The race issue doesn’t even look like it’s a factor, rather just a coincidence of the story or an established reality with no significance to the plot. They’re so unoffensive if I didn’t know any better I might’ve decided to see the movie.

Seems opposite to the review last week’s caller gave on the podcast. It’s an ugly gift tied up in a pretty pink package.

Sing your Song will air on HBO right?

Trenisha Fabre

I really don’t care to see yet another movie on black domestic workers. Viola Davis desrves more and so do we as black Americans. We already know the history and the importance of these women, who scarificed everything to work as domestics – it has been drilled into us over and over again. Where’s the mainstream treatment on Frederick Douglas, Dr. Mae Jemison, George Washington Carver, etc.

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