Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Movie Wednesday.

Loving, Loving, Loving.

 How many times here in the k+b have we talked about this case. There would be no Obergefell or Windsor with out these two brave souls. Everything that did come after wards for LGBT Americans did fall back on this case. Equal means equal, all means all and love is love.

This wonderful movie is of course a true story, but this film is based heavily on a 2011 HBO documentary on the Lovings. It does just about everything that a movie can do to stick to the real facts. Down to exact outfits, down to exact table settings, down to a very odd ( to my ears ) accent that must be from that 100 square mile of Virginia.

Joel Edgerton , who is Australian, and Ruth Negga, who was born in Ethiopia but raised in Ireland - just inhabit these two simple people. I don't use that word to in any way be a pejorative. The Lovings were simple ordinary poor folks living in rural eastern Virginia - who fell in love. Coming from what was a very diverse, for its time, community of poor people.. they did not understand the scope of their actions. Thinking no one would care what two simple folks were doing. They were wrong.

This movie does not sensationalize the case, or Spielberg up their poverty. It lays the lives out flatly of two people that you deeply care for, from the get go. Yes, Neil and I had a future dog in this fight, but , at least as portrayed in this film , were just nice people.

I was moved, Neil had a full on break down at the end of this.. that you KNOW is coming. Go see it, if only to remind yourself that this mostly happened within my lifetime. Since I have been born it was illegal for people of different races to be married.

As this looming darkness comes all around LGBT America, it will suit us well to remember Mildred Lovings words : " We may lose the small battles, but we’re in a big war. "

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