If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins (2018)

Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King Rated 15 Run time 119 mins

Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1970s novel becomes a heart-stopping cinematic love story, told with a tough but tender truthfulness. It’s a terrific film, interweaving stark social-realist themes of prejudice, oppression and imprisonment with a poetic evocation of love, loss and, ultimately, transcendence. Sensorily and emotionally, it’s an almost overwhelming experience. The winner of many, many awards and not to be missed.

95% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.2/10 – IMDB

“Jenkins doesn’t scratch the surface of the black American experience. He takes you deep into its bones and suggests that far less has changed than the naive may believe.”

“Here is a film almost woozy with its own beauty and dignity, a film going transcendently high in the face of a racist world going low.”

Review: A heart-stopping love story – The Guardian

Article: How James Balwin’s writings about love evolved – The Atlantic