If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

classified 15 PS


Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019

Barry Jenkins
KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
119 mins, Partially Subtitled, 2018, USA
Primary language:
English | Spanish

We’re screening some of 2019’s biggest hits - (re)discover The Favourite, Bait, Amazing Grace, Pain & Glory and If Beale Street Could Talk.

Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar®-winning Moonlight with this beautiful romance based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name.

In 1970s Harlem, newly pregnant Tish (KiKi Layne) races against the clock to prove the innocence of her lover Fonny (Stephan James) when he is falsely accused of rape. As he awaits trial, Tish desperately tries to find justice while her mother (a heartbreaking performance by Regina King, who deservedly scooped a Golden Globe and an Oscar® for her performance) must decide how far she will go to secure her daughter's future.

A ravishing, gorgeous film of great beauty (the production design, graceful cinematography and haunting score are all outstanding), this is an exquisite look at black dignity and, more importantly, a celebration of love: love between partners, love for children, love for family and friends. Tish and Fonny's story ultimately insists that even a world of corruption, prejudice and unfairness, love and dignity might - just might - prevail.

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