Luce

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It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

Cast

Naomi Watts
as Amy Edgar
Tim Roth
as Peter Edgar
Octavia Spencer
as Harriet Wilson

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

  • It's a drama that moves like a thriller with a stark, uncomfortable score and a series of seat-edge confrontations both heating up a difficult debate over trust, expectation and racial stereotypes.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • A deeply smart film about race and expectations.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A smart and sophisticated inquiry into race and class.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • Though provocative enough to start some film-fest conversations, it's unconvincing on too many fronts to go far.

    Jan 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Luce" preserves what a rock-solid piece of stage writing can achieve... while providing an opportunity you don't get in a theatrical setting, whereby audiences can study the faces of the central performers up close.

    Jan 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • This cumulatively unnerving psychodrama, where everyone harbors a deep secret, couldn't be more relevant to today's America.

    Jan 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Tomris Laffly

    TheWrap
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