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Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. Photo: Focus Features

In the 1960s, ACLU attorneys take on a case where a white man (Joel Edgerton) and his African-American wife (Ruth Negga) are being harassed by the Virginia legal system. After a few movies with supernatural themes, director Jeff Nichols took on a story based in reality ā€“ which is not a stretch for him, considering his down-to-earth style. The portrait of the Lovings, a landmark case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, would perhaps have been more sentimental in someone elseā€™s hands. Nichols finds the right tone and nicely captures the flavor of rural environs, as in his earlier films. Superior, low-key performances by the two leads.

2016-Britain-U.S. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Colin Firth, Nancy Buirski, Ged Doherty, Sarah Green, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub. Written and directed byĀ Jeff Nichols. Cast: Joel Edgerton (Richard Loving), Ruth Negga (Mildred Loving), Marton Csokas (Garnett Brooks), Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon, Terri Abney.

Trivia: The story was also told in a TV movie, Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996), but this film was largely inspired by a documentary, The Loving Story (2011).

Last word: “This was back in 2012, and ‘The Help’, which had been a huge success, was close in our rearview. I said, ‘I think this story can be very successful, but Iā€™m probably not the one to make a mainstream version of this movie.’ I could see a courtroom drama out of this. I could see a civil rights film out of this. But I saw it as a very personal love story, and I wasnā€™t sure if that was going to be the most commercial way to go with it. I laid out my approach in terms of trying to stay with the Lovings as much as possible through the telling of the story.” (Nichols, Deadline)



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