April 30, 2009
AMERICAN VIOLET STARING NICOLE BEHARIE
Pictured on right: Nicole Beharie in "American Violet".
Photo by Scott Saltzman. Samual Goldwyn films.
Lee Hartgrave Reviews April 30, 2009
BUZZIN’S FLICKER BITS
The Story: A young black single Mom Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie) is arrested and accused of drug trafficking in a small Texas town. The D.A. (Michael O’Keefe) is racially motivated and has set up a scheme to get everyone that he arrests to take a plea bargain. It’s a follow the money scheme. Bail money that is.
Buzzin’s take: This is a flat out Civil liberties offense, but how can the single Mom get people with influence to help her? Well, she does with the help of the ACLU. They help her get an Attorney who is a Texan, and knows where all the skeletons are buried. Two Lawyers come to her aid and she sues the District Attorney for False arrest and discrimination. The single Mom was not Guilty – but the D.A is intent on framing her.
The Feedback: The crooked District Attorney fights back, but his wife tells all and puts the D.A. in a bad light. Does he get what he deserves? Like lose his job? Nope! This movie is based on a real life incident in Texas and the D.A, whose name has been changed in the movie, ran for re-election and won. Well, that’s Texas for you. They really should secede. The End: The single Mom gets a victory. Surprisingly, the real Mom still lives in the Texas projects and is getting on with her life. To her it is home, and all her friends and relatives are there.
Buzz Sum up: Moving! Unique motion picture making! Great Direction and Terrific acting! Opens at the Landmark Theatres.
RATING: THREE GLASSES OF POPCORN!!! – trademarked-
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