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'The Color Purple' Explores the Power of Music, Dance, and Emotion in Film

Set in early 1900s rural Georgia, The Color Purple is a masterfully handled tale of hope, redemption, the bonds that keep us enslaved, and the invisible hand of God throughout our lives. The film opens with main character Celie as an African American teenager, filled with hope, but already suffering the consequences of the sins of the wicked men in her life. Celie’s plucky sister Nettie is always there to buoy her spirits, but, when Celie is offered as a wife to an abusive husband and torn from her sibling, she finds her optimistic resolve crumbling. While Nettie comes to visit to console the downhearted Celie, it’s not long before she’s tossed out again by Celie’s abusive husband Harpo, and the two girls forbidden from ever making contact again.

As Celie’s days afterward blend into a forgettable stretch of mundanity and spousal cruelty, she begins to believe her life will never change, and she’ll be resigned to a colourless, miserable existence. But when Harpo’s lover and well known singer Shug Avery makes an entrance, everything gets turned on its head, and sets into motion a series of events that will change all of their lives. The Color Purple shouldn’t be missed, because it combines exquisite singing, dancing and acting with a story line that elicits smiles, laughs, and cathartic tears.


The Color Purple is in cinemas now.

Review by Rebecca Gisborne - follow her on Instagram @rebeccarosereviews

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