I just finished 12 Years a Slave for the 3rd time.
I still find it hard to not breakdown during the scene where Patsey gets beaten. It’s just overwhelming pain, grief, and misery that fills my soul during that scene. Emotionally, it’s one of the hardest films for me to watch because it brings me to a place that so many of our ancestors were and this is only a fragment of their reality.
The final scene is very touching as well but the sting of the whip from Patsey’s beating is something that will stay with me forever.