Loving, the movie about the landmark court case against laws that made interracial marriage in the United States unconstitutional, has its first trailer and it will make you misty-eyed.
The movie is written and directed by Jeff Nichols, who said that while the case was monumental in marriage equality, the film isn’t a court room drama but rather focuses on the Lovings’ lives. Here’s the synopsis:
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
There’s something about seeing Ruth Negga go from gun-toting Tulip O’Hare in the fields of the American south in Preacher to Mildred Loving in the fields of Virginia that’s throwing me off a bit, but I’m sure I’ll get over that.
The trailer shows law enforcement breaking into the couples’ home, putting them on trial, and puts at the forefront the overwhelming amount of hostility the two faced in Virginia for their marriage. It looks like a strong reminder of how important marriage equality is and a reflection on the relationship between law and love that is, in many ways, very timely.
Loving has been met with largely positive reviews so far, and is set for a November 4th release. Do you think you’ll check it out?
(via Huffington Post)
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