Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other.
You should probably read that paragraph twice, because in 2017 it does sound absurd. Somebody brings up a case against you because you got to marry a black person, and puts you into jail. Once you get out of jail, you get to leave your country because you have no rights to live with your “coloured” partner.
Enough said of these facts that were shaped into the film directed by Jeff Nichols, who also wrote the screenplay. I was touched by the story.
To be fair, I’d probably give up and leave the country with my partner who I’d ‘love to death’. I can judge that situation living now in 21st century and being immigrant myself. However, Mr. and Mrs. Loving never gave up, they fought for their love.
But back in 1924 America had certain race-based legal restrictions. Those restrictions went way too far for a young attorney Bernard S. Cohen who volunteered to file a motion on behalf of the Loving’s, realising that he could be the one to make an impact on American Constitution. This case was handled by Virginia Supreme Court.
Loving is a beautiful story that’s worth being spoken about. The film itself wasn’t dramatic, which I quite enjoyed. Not too much drama, based on facts, great acting, but unfortunately a bit too long. It was unnecessarily longer including quite a few scenes with extended silence.
For a young Director like Jeff Nichols himself, it was a good shot. I’m sure this movie will stand out of his filmography. Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving and Ruth Negga co-staring as Mildred Loving.
did an incredible job precisely as ‘the’ married couple.
Eleven years Richard and Mildred Loving lived together with the fear that something terrible could happen, but every day they enjoyed the moments they spent together. They lived a life full of risks but they took them in order to help thousands to get through. Watching this film, I can imagine how many families became happier and free once the constitution on racial marriage changed, forever.
I loved connection between those two. Their love was unbreakable, even by American Law. Perhaps I’d think completely different if I were to born in 20th century in America. People used to look up to America visualising it as a country of freedom, human rights and future. It’s not until you cross that fine line between living according to anti-miscegenation laws (interracial) and morality, as this film explores.
I highly suggest you see it. Don’t expect too much drama though. It’s a good solid story that will inspire you to enjoy what you have in life right now.