"... you will pardon me for believing that 'forgiveness' of my bloodline is both unnecessary and without grace. .."
A painstaking imaginative exploration of a Britain's 18th piratical empire, told through the eyes of an exceptionally privileged mixed-race daughter positioned to speak out against both human trafficking and arranged marriage. The story is based loosely on the historical accounts of an English sea captain's acknowledged mixed-race daughter, raised amid the wealth of the captain's uncle, the kingdom's Chief Justice. She is known through her time in the Chief Justice's care, her marriage to French lawyer, her early death, and her descendants. The film focuses primarily on the transition from pampered but excluded child to young woman of radical opinions, her rejection of aristocratic England's marital property market, her possible influence on a crucial judicial decision, her meeting with a certain man with at least a French name. I appreciated the dialogue enough to quote inspirational bits above--though much more of it consists of tart repartee. The actors are pitch-perfect, the period details have been painstakingly recreated, the story arc is quite satisfying. Highly recommended, especially if your parents crossed a social barrier to have you, or you get that "laws that diminish humanity"="frameworks framework crime" line.