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DIRECTOR Jeff Nichols
CAST Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Terri Abney
A sensitive story of an inter-racial marriage in 1950s America with beautiful performances from Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton.
In late 1950s America, Mildred and Richard Loving, a black woman and a white construction worker, fell in love and married in Washington DC but were convicted of outraging the ‘peace and dignity’ of the State of Virginia through their inter-racial marriage. They were imprisoned and then exiled from their state, families and home. It took another decade for US law to change. Jeff Nichols dramatises their story without sentimentality or embellishment and the two leads play out their love story with great sensitivity.
(2016 UK / USA 123 mins)
In a film as subtle and low-key as Jeff Nichols’s Loving, it’s not surprising that the first thing you notice are the performances … it’s wonderful, delicate work, which fills out not just each character but the space between them. Their bond is palpable. It’s in the way her eyes flit back to catch his one last time before she leaves a room; the way his slab of a hand, battered from building work and tinkering with cars, encloses hers as they drive, silently but companionably. The uncomplicated easy naturalness of their relationship stands in stark contrast to the impossible situation in which the couple find themselves. Wendy Ide, The Observer
BBFC advice: Contains infrequent racist language
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