Loving

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Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.

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Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia.

Cast & Crew

Joel Edgerton
Richard Loving
Ruth Negga
Mildred Loving
Marton Csokas
Sheriff Brooks
Nick Kroll
Bernie Cohen
Terri Abney
Garnet Jeter
Alano Miller
Raymond Green
Jon Bass
Phil Hirschkop
Chris Greene
Percy
Jeff Nichols
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Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
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Jack Turner
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  • Mar 15, 2018
    A historic true saga that amazingly never feels epic or anything like a history lesson, the appropriately titled Loving brilliantly paints a sprawling panorama with intimate brushstrokes and the audience is the better for it. This PG-13-rated drama presents The story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. Truthfully, filmgoers don't even know that a cyclorama has been built around them in just over two hours until the end credits start to roll. The audience gets so caught up in the titular couple's tender romance in the segregated south that the landmark court decision that follows (Loving v. the Commonwealth of Virginia) somehow feels less important than their personal vindication. Rather than relegating the bullet points of their lives to actual headlines and news footage, a tired device that many filmmakers would have juxtaposed into the narrative, Loving begins with a very private moment between the couple that immediately makes all viewers sympathetic partners in this journey. Beautifully so, this intimate handling of their lives stays the course throughout the film. And for many, sympathy slowly becomes empathy. However despicable the facts, there is much to love about Loving's depiction of the harrowing real events surrounding their plight. Let us count the ways. First off, it marks a career best for writer-director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Midnight Special), who gives audiences a fly-on-the-wall - almost immersive - look into the lives of this rock of a couple. His canvas is practically living and breathing-not without style but never being showy, as well as pointed without ever being in your face. Secondly, as if taking you by the hand, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga lead filmgoers beat for naturalistic beat through their ordeal. Appropriate to the characters, their love is palpable and wholly real without ever getting hot and heavy on-screen. These are normal (in their eyes, at least, despite the mores of the period) and simple (but not simplistic) country folk thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Thanks to their performances and Nichols' understated framing of these performances, the drama never feels anything less than nakedly honest. It's a truthful depiction of a true story that feels incredibly refreshing in the bi-polar political climate of a very divided modern America where bigotry very much remains. To Sun it Up: Black and White and Gold All Over
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2017
    I find it remarkable how Nichols uses a sober, unsentimental approach (with a very nice attention to details) to tell this real-life story and move us because of the sheer strength of what he wants to say, benefiting mostly from two excellent central performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Nicely acted and directed, "Loving" tells the story of one of the biggest civil rights cases in U.S. history -- with hardly any reference to the courtroom story itself. "Loving" is about the people involved, the injustice they faced, and their often quiet determination to stand up for the ones they love. What it may lack in drama it makes up for in heart.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2017
    Understated, maybe too understated, story of interracial marriage in 1950s that led to a historic Supreme Court decision. Liked it. Didn't love it.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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