Loving - a movie for a Valentine's weekend

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 09 Feb, 2017

About Town

For lovers everywhere, or people believing in the power of love, Loving  is based on the true story of a Virginian interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), their real-life courage and commitment in a marriage which was illegal according to the laws of the state who then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.

Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since, the landmark case  which repealed all laws banning interracial marriage.

This is not a typical Civil Rights kind of movie though with marches, protests etc. etc.  but rather a story from the couple's perspective, a couple like any other planning to get married and start a family, with purely practical concerns; they want to stay together.

Richard and Mildred don’t ever make heart-breaking declarations of their love for one another but their devotion is utterly impossible to miss all the same. The irony is that this couple, with no particular interest in politics but with a sense of common decency and determination to stay together, helped change American law.

In late 1950s Virginia, where anti-miscegenation rules were in force, that was a considerable challenge in itself.

Loving is a quiet but a powerful film , a domestic drama in which the protagonists themselves hardly seem to notice their own historical role.

The movie is touching and poetic and, as Valentine's Day is fast approaching, is a reminder that true love really conquers all, that daily actions rather one-off big gestures matters and that, if someone really cares, they will show you how much you mean to them and stand by you, no matter what.

Who would have thought I was a romantic after all? ;-)

Go and see it, you'll love it.

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