Feb. 7: If Beale Street Could Talk
Thursday, February 7, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Barry Jenkins
English; 119 minutes
Rating: PG for some language and sexual content
Set in the early 1970s in the predominantly Latin American
community of East Harlem, the film follows Tish (Kiki Layne), a
19-year-old woman who falls in love with Fonny (Stephan James), a young sculptor. But their brief idyll is broken when Fonny is arrested and wrongly convicted of rape. Tish, who has just discovered she is pregnant, and her family must fight to prove Fonny’s innocence.
Preserving both the politics and romantic spirit of James Baldwin’s poignant novel, If Beale Street Could Talk is a lyrical celebration of the power of love and hope in times of despair.
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. Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Like a great bluesman, Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins finds poetry in the lives of people struggling to surpass pain and cruel circumstances, often
choosing beautiful images over words. Peter Howell, Toronto Star
You’ve never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and
enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins’ use of color.
Glen Weldon, NPR