Loving

Posted on November 26, 2016

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Loving – Based on the true story of a drag-racing, white country boy (Joel Edgerton) from rural Virginia and a shy black girl (Ruth Negga) who drive to Washington, D.C. to get married. Neither of their families minded too much that Richard and Mildred were dating, but marriage was a whole ‘nother story. Someone reported them since it was against the law for blacks and whites to cohabitate in Virginia; they were arrested in the middle of the night and forced to leave the state. Five years and three kids later, Mildred decides she wants her kids playing in grass instead of on city concrete no matter what so they go back to Virginia.
She writes to Bobby Kennedy and the ACLU gets involved with Bernard S. Cohen assigned to their case. It eventually ends up in front of the Supreme Court. Cohen asks “What is the danger to the State of Virginia from an interracial marriage?” The Court decides marriage is an inherent right. Makes you wonder why same sex marriages are still illegal in some states.
It’s slow paced with few words so you can feel the frustration and the helplessness of the situation. The audience applauded at the end.

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