Loving (2016) Saturday, 11 July 2020

Loving (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Loving conquers all.

  • Starring:

    Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Alano Miller, Chris Greene

  • Directed by:

    Jeff Nichols

  • Running time:

    123 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are arrested, dragged, terrorised/victimised, hit by a car (child), threatened, almost hit by a falling object, pursued, jailed. Break-and-enter, door kicked in. Yelling, banging. Sirens in background. Threat: "I will split your head like white meat". People stand guard with shotguns (personal protection). Brick found in car wrapped in news article of court case. Mention of person being killed by a drunk driver. News footage of civil rights protest marches. Joke about being shoved out of a window by security. Blood/gore: Boy with bandages and icepack on head; mother refers to scrapes and bruises. Emptying basin of bloody water.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple seen sleeping in bed. Kissing, hugging, handholding. A policeman comments that he should put a man in a woman's cell (suggesting possible assault/abuse). Man in underwear, women in nightgowns.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, moonshine). Smoking (cigarettes). Gambling (drag racing). Crushed herbs are ingested to induce labour. Aspirin mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Racist language (n*gger, "her" people, children referred to as bastards, etc). Name-calling (dumb, country ass, damn fool, etc). Religion used to justify racism (God's law, bird analogy for why interracial marriage is unnatural, God separated the races, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Richard and Mildred Loving, interracial relationships, racism, victimisation, gender inequality, prejudice, depression, justice, legitimacy of children, civil rights, banishment, pregnancy, family, legislation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Childbirth scenes (nothing graphic). Courtroom, prison settings. Divorce mentioned. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intelligent, human, refined, careful, controlled, moving, tasteful, polished, appealing, subtle, tactful, sensational, tender, superb, timely, timeless, restrained, gentle, modest, intimate, humble, soft-spoken. Remarkable/nuanced/quiet/powerful/thoughtful performances, beautiful cinematography, elegant screenplay, understated score, doesn't rely on genre tropes, a fitting/definitive tribute.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A little enamoured of its subject/benign/polite/anti-climactic.

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