Monster's Ball, a hard hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful, life-changing love premieres in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on Thursday, August 8.
Hank Grotowski (Mr. Thornton) is the second of three generations of Deep South prison guards. His ferocious father, Buck (Peter Boyle), is proud of his occupation, delighting in inflicting pain more than in instilling justice. The taciturn Hank takes pride in neither his occupation nor anything else. His dead wife is but a vague memory; his son who is hell-bent on getting out of the family business, is a constant puzzlement.
Halle Berry's Leticia Musgrove has reached an emotional dead-end, too. Her death-row visits to husband Lawrence (Sean Combs) are perfunctory at best; she confines her grief to herself and their young son. She stoically watches television while her husband enters the death chamber. Her son, Tyrell (10-year-old newcomer Coronji Calhoun), becomes the focus of all her anger. She berates him for his obesity, not realizing that sugar provides his only succor.
The title refers to a party thrown by 19th century London jailers on the night before an execution.
Monster's Ball will be screened August 8, 9, 10 and 11. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Running time is 1 hour, 51 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3.
Rated R for strong sexual content, language, and violence, the film features four graphic sex scenes, two with a no-nonsense hooker who takes the money and runs, with no time for a cup of coffee.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.