Monster's Ball (2002)
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as Ryrus Cooper
as Harvey Shoonmaker
as Phil Higgins
as Tommy Roulaine
as Co No. 1
as Co No. 2
as Co No. 3
as Correction Officer
as Warden Velasco
as Hospital Guard
as Maggie Cooper
as Mrs. Guillermo
as Deputy Jones
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Critic Reviews for Monster's Ball
Leticia and Hank come together in their grief, and when they do - when, in particular, they seek some kind of punishment and absolution in sex - it makes for one of the most intense, moving and real moments you're ever likely to witness on film.
It's not a polemic on the death penalty, race relations or family dynamics. It's a character study that really sticks with you.
A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.
A textbook example of fearless filmmaking, exhibiting a brand of gritty realism that's hard to watch but impossible to ignore.
Intimate, gruelling, and in some strange way, uplifting.
Audience Reviews for Monster's Ball
Not for everyone, this work requires thought and involvement, leaving those desirous of spoon-feeding disappointed. Excellent performances highlight this serious film that questions our propensity to simplify, to label things, situations, and especially people (including ourselves) in order to 'quickly understand' problems. Eye-opening and unforgettable.
This serious character study nor the performances managed to keep me engaged. Found it utterly boring & frustratingly slow. Not sure if I'll ever grow up enough to be able to appreciate such works if at all they deserve it.
Halle Berry's Oscar win for this one was well-deserved and more. The film itself is heart-wrenching for me. It is through loss and grieve that these two main characters find each other. Both of them are so beautifully tragic and so brilliantly interpreted by these two great actors. Quite somber but a must-see.
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