For the first days of the Cannes Film Festival, both the red carpet and La Croisette glimmered in diamonds and star wattage, from Jessica Chastain’s shimmering McQueen to Chloë Sevigny’s insouciant Chanel.
Xavier Dolan reacts on stage after being awarded with the Grand Prix for the film ‘It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)’ during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2016.
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton deliver remarkably nuanced performances in Loving, a late ‘50s/early ‘60s-set true life story of a mixed race couple who’s illegal marriage became a landmark case in the United States supreme court. Having tried his hand at the coming-of-age drama (Mud) and both small and large-scale science fiction (Take Shelter and Midnight Special, respectively), the increasingly prolific Jeff Nichols branches out once more here to the awards season period drama. This heartwarming and wonderfully refined film might not do a whole lot of things we haven’t seen before in the civil rights era picture, but it does the familiar stuff with enormous care and control.
As they say about these sorts of things: you just couldn’t write it. In June 1958 at the age of 18, Mildred Delores Jeter – of African American and Native American descent – became pregnant with the child of Richard Loving, a 24-year-old white man. Nichols picks up their story from here. Wishing to legitimize their child, the young lovers left their home state of Virginia – where mixed race marriage was illegal – and traveled to Washington D.C. to elope.