Poetic, intriguing, disturbing, and symbolic. Thandie Newton's amazing performance, alone, makes this film a must-see. Part history, part fantasy, this unusual story leaves a few conclusions to the interpretation of the viewer, which I greatly appreciated.
Bonus points for the excellent sets, costumes, and makeup. (everyone looks real.)
Director: Johnathan Demme
Main Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, Beah Richards
Warning: Not for the faint-of-heart.
There is a lot of disturbing content in this film. It's non-stop with heaviness, and contains a lot of graphic scenes, with gravely disturbing subject matter.
Anyone who is especially sensitive to scenes of animal cruelty/violence should skip over minutes 1:20 - 2:35 (just after they show the address of the house.) Personally, I found it way over-the-top (even though it was clearly a puppet, not a real dog.) *exhales* I almost didn't watch the movie, because of that scene.
Note: I did not read the book, so I cannot comment on the adaptation.