" What differences is there in the colour of the soul?" Solomon Northup, 12 years a slave
Outstanding film based on a true story of a black free man , Solomon Northup, husband and father of 2 kids that is kidnapped in New York and ends up being sold as a slave. From the very beginning the events that will take place are difficult to watch sometimes, specially because you know it's based on historic and true facts. Slaves were considered property and treated worse than wild animals, they were abused verbally and physically and only the strong ones who did not complain survived. The sadness and frustration of all the actors playing the slaves in the film, is touching, their eyes say so much.. At the same time, the photography of the film is beautiful, it's made with such an elegance. The actors playing the evil owners of the slaves or minders are all excellent performers, specially German actor, Michael Fassbender and her wife in the film , Sarah Paulson (.e.g the scene where she hits one of the female slaves with a bottle.. shocking!) also the short role played by Little Miss Sunshine Actor, Paul Dano is also stellar. Of course, the main protagonist, British actor of Nigerian origin , Chiwetel Ejiofor, has to win an oscar ; as he said of himself: " I like to disappear into a role. I equate the success to if with a feeling of being chemically changed" and this is exactly how I describe the way he acts in this film. All in all, it's an aesthetic film being told with an elegant and beautiful touch. By the end of it, you will be a bit upset, mainly because so many people suffered unfairly during slavery times, I'm glad that Canadian abolitionist, played by Brad Pitt, came into play. Sometimes life put people on your way for a reason and Salomon did not deserve to die being a slave, well no-one really did deserve it! Second movie of the year and for me it deserves definitely a 10!!! A must see!