Back in November my husband and I went to see “Loving”.
The night we saw it was two days after the election and we were both still in utter shock with the results it is seemed like a good movie to see in a time for political uncertainty. Without a doubt we owe our marriage to the amazingly brave couple portrayed in “Loving”. The film was very good and I am glad that we saw it. As much as I enjoyed the movie I wish I had been in a better mindset so I could have enjoyed the movie more but to a certain extent that sentiment can be applied to almost anything post-election.
Obviously, we know how the movie is going to end because we know the result of the Loving vs. Virginia court case so the movie is all about the journey and it is a well-crafted and well-acted journey. As a married gay man I could I definitely identify with the struggle of Mildred and Richard Loving to live openly and have their relationship fully recognized.
Both Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga give wonderful, subtle and nuances performances and the title couple.
The movie is important, especially post-election, for all liberal and progressive minded people to see. The struggle is real, difficult and long but it is also important and winnable. The Lovings taught us all that and continue to teach us all that.
I highly recommend this movie.
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Justin Gomez and his sister, Terri, have never been close. Separated by nine years and distant in adulthood, Justin and Terri have little in common, except for the love of her three children. In the days before they embark on a road trip to visit the father that once abandoned them and their now deceased mother, both Terri and Justin are dealing with unexpected changes in their lives. Justin surprisingly realizes he might want more than a series of one night stands after a first date goes unexpectedly well. After a lifetime of being a strong type A personality, Terri is forced to confront the reality of the end of her marriage. As they hit the road, with Terri’s children in tow, they find themselves forced to rely on and confide in each other following a devastating event. Confronted with memories from the past and challenges from the present, Terri and Justin must dig deep and unearth the truth about themselves and their parents in order to build a new family based on their love for each other.