BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) and enslaved African woman known as Maria Belle. . Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her color prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. To take things at surface value just will not do. It is as if God takes the imperfect situation of illegitimacy and works it for the overall good.
Dido grows up alongside a first cousin of the same at who was probably so isolated and lonely the only thing she could do would be to welcome and love Dido. In the film we watch the bond and the timing for finding a suitor. It seems Dido’s great uncle and aunt never envisioned she would find husband. The didn’t want her to marry down in social standing and they never thought she could marry up.
The story of Dido Belle goes beyond the tragic mulatto but how the influence of being the niece of the Lord Chief Justice may have played a significant factor in helping to build the road to end slavery.
And yes, there is an enchanting romance in the story too. No Spoiler, just go see the film to see how the love story plays out.
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