Palace Como - Tuesday 14 February 2017, 6:45
Running time: 123m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Strong coarse language)
Release date: 16/03/17
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 4.5/5)
Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) are a young couple in love expecting their first child when they leave Virginia to get married in Washington. But when the couple return home, their interracial marriage brings them to the attention of the local sherif. When given the option to divorce or leave the state, they decide to leave. But the desire to raise their family in a better environment will have ramifications to them and the law.
Based on true events, Loving is a simple drama wrapped in the complexities of a government that actively discriminated against them. Despite the hardship and injustices, it's a gentle films that focuses on the strength of the relationship rather than the legal machinations. The plot goes exactly where you expect it to go and there are few surprises. The performances are very good, and Ruth Negga (who's picked up a few award nominations) delivers a performance that is restrained and plays out as much through facial expression as it does through dialogue. Naturally, as a film based on true events, we're treated with a black and white photo of the characters (at least with a context this time) and some text to wrap up the story... because it's important to provide the audience with closure... apparently. Though predictable, it's an enjoyable film with a subtle humility that celebrates the persistence of the human spirit in searching for justice.
NOTE: Sadly, Loving isn't available in wide release in Melbourne cinemas until well after the Oscars are announced, but Palace had some preview screenings for Valentine's Day.
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