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If Beale Street Could Talk Rated 15

If Beale Street Could Talk

Dir. Barry Jenkins. USA, 2018. 1h 59m. Starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Brian Tyree Henry.

Set in 1970s Harlem, a young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family attempt to prove her jailed fiancés innocence. Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar-winning Moonlight with a moving, rhapsodic adaptation of a James Baldwin novel. Regina King won Best Supporting Actress at this year's Oscars for her performance in this film.

‘As sinewy as it is sensuous, interweaving stark social-realist themes of prejudice, oppression and imprisonment with a poetic evocation of love, loss and, ultimately, transcendence.’ ★★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Observer

‘An astonishing and surprising follow-up to his award-garlanded marvel. Jenkins has cemented his status as a very big deal.’ ★★★★★ Tayler Montague, Little White Lies