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Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, a mixed-race couple in the 1950’s who were arrested in Virginia for being married, forced to leave the state, and whose case ultimately was heard at the United States Supreme Court.  It is a very interesting film that focuses mostly on the story of the Loving’s relationship rather than the legal angle. The beautiful cinematography seems to emphasizes the ugliness of discrimination. The character development is slow – sometimes to a fault – but both Edgerton and Negga really immerse themselves into the characters and give exceptional performances. I personally would like to have seen more about the court case, but given the focus of this movie, it is clear that it would have created two different films mashed into one that probably would not have worked (my criticism of Sully). Thumbs up from me for a movie that sometimes felt slow but works as a great character and culture study. It is amazing how this plain, unassuming, couple that was shy of the spotlight, became the focal point for the landmark decision that overturned laws that had made interracial marriage illegal.

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