The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who discover in 1958 that their love is anything but innocent: the state of Virginia forbids racial mixing and the black and pregnant Mildred is dragged out of her bed at night and imprisoned. This gripping film shows how American racism so recently was still enshrined in law.
The late 1950s in the USA: driven by love and homesickness, the Lovings defy the laws prohibiting interracial marriage for years, but they turn out to be unrelenting. At the end of their tether and inspired by the civil rights movement, Mildred fights back and asks for help. Thanks to ambitious civil rights lawyers, their case is fought right up to the US Supreme Court. It’s only in 1967 that they are able to love in freedom after their historic case, Loving vs. Virginia. Thanks to them, not only was this law abolished, but their case was a precedent for the legal recognition of a marriage between two people of the same sex.
Filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) tells the story without spectacular rhetoric and in the spirit of Richard and Mildred, undercooled yet with much warmth. In this way he speaks straight to our heart, as does the married couple. He also goes beyond the romantic heroism of the story, above all showing the heartrending banality of racial segregation and the guarded resistance of modest people.