In this sensual adaptation of the lyrical, eponymous novel by James Baldwin, a pregnant woman in 1970s Harlem, New York tries to prove the innocence of her lover, who stands accused of raping a white woman.
Just like in the book, scriptwriter and director Barry Jenkins (famous for Oscar winner Moonlight) ponders racial profiling in America. However, the film is more than a somber critique of the political system. Above all, If Beale Street Could Talk celebrates the love between stunning, young, sympathetic Tish and her guy ‘Fonny’. Their bond is tougher than the bad luck that tests their relationship, which just makes the film intensely sad. How cruel is it that a love so pure cannot triumph in a repressive, racist society? The warm colors, lyrical music and astounding performances from KiKi Layne and Stephan James make this romantic drama an unforgettable tragedy.