Best Breaks: Loving

Five Loving staff favorites for the week of November 28th.

Ruth Negga and Jeff Nichols with GQ

Loving lead Ruth Negga and writer/director Jeff Nichols talk with GQ's Lauren Larson in the pub's "Loving lovefest".

When asked what is compelling people to fall for their film Negga offers, "I think it's their love for each other. In the documentary, the energy between the two is almost tangible, and people can see it when they see our film and are struck by the radiance. They are moved by it. They think, I want that one day. In any shape or form."

The full piece is up at GQ.

Jeff Nichols New York Times Feature

"There is one idea that is very important to me and it is the representation of a feeling I have. It was really one specific scene where Richard comes home drunk from the bar and sits at the end of the bed with his wife and repeats over and over again 'I can take care of you. I can take care of you'. The reason why that's important is because everyone in the audience, and Mildred I believe, knows that's not true."

The entire interview can be viewed at The New York Times.

Ruth Negga and The Los Angeles Times' "The Envelope" Series

Ruth Negga joins an actor's round-table to discuss her work and preparation with Amy Adams, Annette Benning, Natalie Portman and Emma Stone for The Los Angeles Times.

"They [The Lovings] were very reticent and shy about speaking in public and I think I wanted to capture that. I recorded her voice from the documentary and just listened to it for two years..." Ruth Negga on her research and inspiration for Mildred's voice.

The full piece can be watched at The Los Angeles Times.

The Washington Post Asks "Can cultural appropriation ever be appropriate?"

Loving and writer/director Jeff Nichols take center stage in an insightful, thought-provoking essay by The Washington Post's chief film critic Ann Hornaday.

"For the writer-director of Loving, Jeff Nichols, the key had to do with identification: He had no qualms about bringing the story to the screen, he told me, and not just because Richard Loving was a white man, too...Like Mildred, he added, he has an abiding love of home and place when it comes to the American South. 'I felt like I understood [her] point of view. And as long as I attached to that, I felt like I’d be okay.'"

Hornaday continues "It turns out that Nichols was better than okay: Loving is a graceful, intimately modulated portrait that not only captures the unprepossessing temperaments of its main characters, but also the singular atmosphere of Caroline County at its most tribally complex and reassuringly serene."

The complete study can be viewed at The Washington Post.

Joel Edgerton in GQ Australia

“The fact is, when the Supreme Court ruling was handed down, Richard was mowing his lawn. Mildred was at home. I think the actual un-jingoistic, un-flag- waving aspects of the truth become the strengths of the movie,” Joel Edgerton.

The full piece, accompanied by fantastic photography by Eric Ray Davidson, is at GQ Australia.