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USA - Canada, 2001


Original Title: Monster's Ball

Directed by: Marc Forster
Screenplay: Milo Addica & Will Rokos
Cast: Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger
Photography: Roberto Schaefer
Art Direction: Leonard R. Spears

Duration: 111 min


When you lose everything, you also lose what is not worth it. 

By Ricardo P. Nunes

  In The Last Supper , the harshness of professional discipline is a necessary gift that is received and passed from father to son in a family of three generations of prison guards in the State of Georgia. At least that's how the grandfather and his son Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) behaved under the guise of other ethical values perhaps more decisive than discipline. The young Sonny (Heath Ledger), the grandson, follows his career without the same conviction and firmness of stomach. Something of that harshness has faded from this heritage, as has the racial prejudice that also nurtured it, which, on the one hand, makes the somber atmosphere of death row all the more intolerable; but that makes Sonny a disgrace to his father, and they both must hide that quarrel under their impeccable uniform to get a condemned black man to the electric chair.


Halle Berry in her Oscar-winning role: Complacency in the future

    The convict goes beyond the anonymous role because he leaves a family: Leticia (Halle Berry), with an eviction notice posted on her door, and an obese son who seeks redemption in gluttony against the failure to be unhappy. It turns out that Hank also suffers a great loss, and that's when by mere chance he meets Leticia on the street, without guessing whose wife she was and without her guessing what he works for. When he finds out, he is already involved in the whirlwind of need and despair that unites them and in which he begins to see a torrid form of love and redemption. The racist white and the marginalized black need to retreat from their old principles and even deny the tombstone of their dead because they have already lost everything and any sliver of chance for happiness is welcome, no matter where it comes from. In a superb scene, Letícia, sitting on the porch in the backyard, silently reflects on the perplexities of chance. Beside her, Hank doesn't want to think anymore, but just live life from then on, while eating the little pot of ice cream he offers her, who accepts it with a finally complacent look to the future.

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