**Belle** opens **PBiFF 19** , an English drama about royal racism. Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised with privilege by her uncle Lord Mansfield, Belle finds certain doors closed to her because of the color of her skin. The cast includes two **Harry Potter** veterans (Emily Watson, Tom Felton) and Tom Wilkinson.
While the dialogue contains some pithy comets about human rights and race issues, this costume drama suffers from claustrophobic scenes that become repetitious.