Drama directed by Jeff Nichols, screenplay (in writing orders) : Jeff Nichols, production companies : Focus Features, Rain Dog Films, Big beach, Augusta Films, Tri - States Pictures, producers : Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Nancy Buirski, Sarah Green, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Sorof, cinematography : Adam Stone, editor : Julia Moore, production design : Chad Keith, music : David Wingo, press : Jean - Pierre Vincent, Marine Huet, main cast : Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michaël Shannon, Morton Coskas, Nick Krall, Terry Abrey, Alana Miller, Jon Bass, ... (2016),
"Loving" speaks about the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving in the segregationist America during the 1950's until the middle of the 1960's. Richard is a white working man and Mildred is a black field worker from the rural Caroline county. They love together and they go to Washington DC for marry together because a Virginia's antiquated racist law of 1924 forbids the interracial weddings. When they come back to Virginia they are soon arrested and put in jail. A Virginian court of justice sentence them with the the benefit of the first offender act to one year and to leave the State of Virginia for twenty five years. Like in these last five movies Jeff Nichols revisits the imaginary of the American deep south. With this biopic his shoots persons full of prejudices (the Richard's mother, the racist local sheriff). Jeff Nichols doesn't try to direct a political movie he just shoots with simplicity and sobriety. His camera reveals the strength, the fragility and also the dignity of Richard and Mildred among a violent and racist society.
Richard and Mildred leave the State of Virginia for living in Washington DC. Five years later the court of justice decision Richard works in buildings sites and Mildred rises the couple children. Richard loves his wife and works for keeping his family safe. Mildred loves her husband but she wants more for her life. She would to be involve in the civil rights fight for breaking the decision of the Virginian court of justice. She engages her own fight with calm and determination and begins by writing to Robert Kennedy. After this writing Mildred is hand - pocket by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and recieves the legal assistance of two ACLU's lawyers Bernie Cohen and Phil Hirschkop in the different steps until the Supreme court of the United - States. Mildred reacts by a long silence after each victory because she needs time for understanding the scope of the arguments inside the decisions. During that time Richard seems to be more suspicious.
The Richard and Mildred's fight will be ended in June 1967 when the United - States Supreme court of justice recognizes in the decision "Loving vs.Virginia" the right to love whatever the origins are. This decision gives unconstitutional the antiquated racists laws who forbid the interracial weddings. For the main characters Jeff Nichols has chosen Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. With "Loving" the Shakespearean actress Ruth Negga borns from an Ethiopian father and an Irish mother performs in her first important part in the movie industry. The Australian actor Joel Edgerton performs Richard and he has inspired himself by his grand - mother who has left her racial prejudices. He hopes that the Loving movie will help to bring about some change in the societies. Among the others actors we must notice the performance of Jeff Kroll as a lawyer, Morton Coskas as a local racist sheriff and Michaël Shannon as a Life photographer.