Loving

The simple, bashful story of two people in love forms the basis for Loving, a film about the couple who helped change the expanding definition of marriage in 1960’s. Richard Loving, a white man and Mildred Jeter, a black woman fell in love during a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in the South. Through a simple letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Mildred set into motion the ACLU’s involvement with the Lovings’ case which began with Richard and Mildred’s arrest in 1958 for miscegenation, the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types (Google) and ended with the Supreme Court ruling in 1967 – Loving v. Virginia. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton embody the Lovings perfectly through quiet, natural performances. Director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) delivers another beautiful film. 4 out of 5 for this important reminder of the continued struggle for our collective rights.

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