IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
USA/ 2018/ 119'
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 65 wins & 130 nominations.
Set in early-1970s Harlem, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers. A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect, and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit... Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, "If Beale Street Could Talk" honors the author's prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.
This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film.
That's pure cinema. What Baldwin does with words, Mr. Jenkins does visually.
A work of social realism elevated to poetic heights by the sheer beauty of its voice and the humanism of its spirit...