It would be so easy for a film about the 1960s black experience in Alabama to be strident, cliched and violent. This film makes its points about the racialism between white and black, and even more about prejudices between the classes of black society, without falling into those traps. It's wonderfully restrained and understated but all the more effective as a result. It's impossible not to care about the trials and tribulations of the central couple and fearful that one or the other might fall prey to white racist violence but that never happens. Instead they're subjected to more subtle prejudice, at least for most of the time, and a good part of it from their own people. The resolution is not exactly a happy ending, it's more about reuniting to face together life with its inherent joys and troubles.
This is a film that should be more widely known. The performances are naturalistic and the black and white cinematography is beautiful. Subtitles would have helped because I have moderate hearing loss.
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