Sunday, August 07, 2011
We have seen the trailer for the film The Help which will be released next weekend while we waited to watch the last two movies we took in. It looks promising, and it is based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett which was very entertaining, if one can be entertained by a story of banal, everyday, disturbing injustice.
Set in the 1960's, in Jackson Mississippi, The Help invites us into the awakening of a young white woman, Skeeter Phelan, who sets out to write the story of the women of colour who are the poorly paid and disrespected housekeepers in white households. Even though they are good enough to raise the children of their employers these women aren't allowed to use the same bathrooms. Without the courageous assistance of two of these women, Aibileen and Minny, Skeeter's book couldn't become a reality.
There aren't strong religious themes in this novel but religion is present. For the white folk the church justifies the status quo. For the blacks the church is a place of comfort and community and courage in the face of injustice.
Have any of you read the novel? What were your impressions? Are you looking forward to the film?