Two years after Moonlight’s triumph at the Oscars, director Barry Jenkins has surpassed himself with his new film, If Beale Street Could Talk. In Harlem in the 1970s, two young friends experience how intense and overwhelming love can be. But it is doomed.
Fonny is accused of rape and the pregnant Tish will do anything to spare her beloved from a conviction. Due to racism, this becomes a titanic struggle. Jenkins signals the inequality rather than condemning it. Instead, he celebrates the power of love and resilience with sumptuous, exciting, and unashamedly romantic cinema, swathed in a cloak of melancholy and sadness.