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Review by Rohitavra Mojumdar

Jeff Nichols’s Loving is an uncharacteristically quiet and somber issue-based film based on true events. If any other director had made it, the film would probably have been so vocal and the lead characters would have been given so many big lines to mouth in order to trigger the emotional quotient. But thanks to Nichols’s unique style of storytelling approach, no such things happens. What we get instead is a film that doesn’t speak much but still manages to say a lot and strike a chord. Based on the famous Richard and Mildred Loving versus Virginia case, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, this is a very well made and well directed film that often frustrates you, in a good way and makes you feel for the married couple suffering because of a law, as stupid as this. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga brilliantly slip into the skin of this couple and deliver subtle, award-worthy performances, while the supporting cast (which includes Nicole’s favorite Michelle Shannon, like always) aptly support. The cinematography is great and the background score (along with the soundtrack) fits into the picture nicely, and makes it a good watch.




Thematically speaking, Nicole’s earlier films (especially Midnight Special and Take Shelter) were better because of their original innovative ideas. But Loving still manages to be a cinematic work for which the director needs to be applauded.

★★★


Review by Kalpit Tandon

They say that the quietest of oceans are generally the deepest. That a filled vessel hardly makes any noise. That a ruminating mind is that of a poet. Visibly sensible maturity grips every frame as Jeff Nichols wields a strong headed love affair in the backdrop of civil rights brimming with a charismatic poise. It’s a testament to how revolutions can be led calmly and how

Loving is beautifully restrained and held back against the primal nature of its content. It tells an agonizing tale burning with silence and despair. A critique against humanity’s biggest foil of race discrimination, it unleashes palpable love and allows it to steam against all odds.

★★½

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