Monday, December 19, 2016
For those not familiar, LOVING is the tale of Mildred and Richard Loving, a white man and a black woman who married in 1958 and attempted to raise their family in Virginia, a state that did not recognize mixed-race marriages at that time. The country judge sentenced them to living outside of Va for 25 years to avoid a prison term.
The movie concerns the court case that eventually overturned these laws.
The Lovings were quiet, non-confrontational people who wanted to raise their family in rural Virginia, near their families. When this became impossible Mildred wrote a letter to Bobby Kennedy, (then Attorney General) which set this case in motion.
What a perfect title. It is not only their name, but the story of their marriage-neither one turned against the other as is so often the case in situations this difficult. He respected her need to raise her children in the country; she respected his need to stay out of the limelight.
I almost always have a problem with films that are telling me a story I can learn from a documentary or by reading a book. But this one was so precise in its story-telling and the actors were so skilled, I have to rate it as one of the better movies of 2016. Joel Edgerton is a fine actor (in very different movies than this one) and Ruth Negga, is almost unrecognizable from the role she played in PREACHER.
What movie telling a true story earned your respect?