An immaculate, determinedly unsentimental Marc Forster film, with breathtakingly honest performances from Halle Berry and, especially, Billy Bob Thornton. Death Row prison guard Thornton's family are traditionally racist; Berry's husband (Sean "Puffy" Combs) is executed. In a pit of despair, an unlikely, colour-blind love blooms between the two. One of 2002's best.

DVD EXTRAS: Extra footage, cast and film-makers commentaries, isolated soundtrack. Rating Star

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Monster’s Ball

An immaculate, determinedly unsentimental Marc Forster film, with breathtakingly honest performances from Halle Berry and, especially, Billy Bob Thornton. Death Row prison guard Thornton’s family are traditionally racist; Berry’s husband (Sean “Puffy” Combs) is executed. In a pit of despair, an unlikely, colour-blind love blooms between the two. One of 2002’s best.

DVD EXTRAS: Extra footage, cast and film-makers commentaries, isolated soundtrack. Rating Star