The Help is a period drama film released in 2011, directed by Tate Taylor and starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Octavia Spencer. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett and tells the story of African American maids in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s and their relationships with the white families they work for.
The film follows aspiring journalist Skeeter (Emma Stone) as she interviews several African American maids, including Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), and helps them share their stories of racism, discrimination, and mistreatment. The book they write, which is titled “The Help,” becomes a sensation and ignites social change in Jackson.
The film received critical acclaim for its performances, particularly those of Davis, Spencer, and Stone, as well as its themes of racism, social justice, and empowerment. It grossed over $216 million worldwide and was a commercial success. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Octavia Spencer won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The Help is considered a classic in the period drama genre and is often cited as one of the best films of 2011.
Duration: 146 min.