The Help

Synopsis: The Help is a 2011 American period drama film written and directed by Tate Taylor and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast, including Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone.
Genre: Drama
Year:
2011
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WILLIAM FAULKNER wrote of Mammy Callie after her death:

"...she gave to my family a fidelity without stint or

calculation or recompense and gave to my childhood an

immeasurable devotion and love".

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI 1963

INT. AIBILEEN'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT

AIBILEEN, black, 53, sits at a table in a small, green

kitchen. She wears a yellow dress with black piping and

grips a tattered spiral notebook.

Although cracked, the window behind her is crystal clear.

Three framed portraits hang on the wall above her: John F.

Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and an UNKNOWN YOUNG

BLACK MALE wearing thick glasses.

Aibileen swallows hard.

AIBILEEN:

I was...born in 1911...on Piedmont

Plantation in Cherokee County.

An UNSEEN WOMAN interviews Aibileen.

WOMAN (O.C.)

Did you know as a girl, growing up,

that one day you'd be a maid?

AIBILEEN:

Yes, ma'am. I did.

WOMAN (O.C.)

And you knew that because?

AIBILEEN:

Momma was a maid. My grandmother

was a house slave.

WOMAN (0.C.)

Oh.

The woman repeats Aibileen's answer slowly as she writes.

WOMAN (O.C.) (CONT'D)

A...House...Slave. Uh-huh. Okay.

Aibileen squeezes the notebook in her lap.

WOMAN (O.C.) (CONT'D)

Now, did you ever dream of being

something else?

Aibileen gulps. She doesn't answer. The room is quiet.

WOMAN (O.C.) (CONT'D)

Well then, what's it feel like, to

raise a white child when your own

child's at home...being looked

after by somebody else?

2.

Aibileen's hand trembles as she sips from a glass of water.

She glances sadly up to the picture of the young black male.

FADE TO BLACK:

AIBILEEN (V.O.)

I done raised seventeen kids in my

life. Lookin' after white babies,

that's what I do.

INT. LEEFOLT HOME - MAE MOBLEY'S ROOM - MORNING

MAE MOBLEY LEEFOLT, 2 1/2 years old, lies in a crib, crying.

AIBILEEN enters. Her dark black skin contrasts angelically

with a brilliant white work dress, white panty hose and shoes

AIBILEEN (V.O.)

I know how to get them babies

asleep, stop cryin' and go in the

toilet bowl before they mommas even

get outta bed in the mornin.'

Aibileen lifts Mae Mobley out of her crib and pulls her into

her expansive bosom.

AIBILEEN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Babies like fat. They like big fat

legs too. That I know.

Aibileen sits with Mae Mobley in a rocking chair.

AIBILEEN (V.O) (CONT'D)

I work from eight to four, six days

a week. Ninety-five cents an hour

comes to a hundred seventy-two

dollars ever month. I do all the

cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing

and grocery shopping, but mostly, I

take care a baby girl...And law, I

worry she gone be fat. Ain't gonna

be no beauty queen either.

Mae Mobley reaches up and touches Aibileen's face. Aibileen

kisses her and whispers in her ear.

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Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor (born June 3, 1969) is an American filmmaker and actor. He is best known for directing The Help (2011), Get on Up (2014) and The Girl on the Train (2016). more…

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