Loving is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who broke the law and got married. I’m sure many other couples did the same at the time, but the Lovings are the couple who sued the state of Virginia and won, thus banishing all laws against anti-miscegenation in the United States of America.
This movie tell the story of that landmark case, but that’s not actually the point of the movie. Love is the point of the movie.
No the point, and what I like most about this movie is that the focus is on Richard and Mildred and their marriage. This is an intimate look at a marriage, which just happened to be the one that ended the anti-misegenation laws. The Lovings just wanted to be married and be free to love each other and that is beautiful.
The passage of time and the domestic life of Richard and Mildred is my favourite part. It feels so intimate and warm, which is how I’d describe Ruth Negga’s performance. She has a quiet dignity about her and the chemistry between her and Joel Edgerton is really the core of this movie. They manages to convey so much love with very little dialogue. It is all in their interactions with each other and their reactions to people outside their marriage.
I’ll be on the look out for the documentary, which inspired this movie, because I want to know more about their lives.