If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

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Set in early-1970s Harlem, this is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers.

A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish (KiKi Layne) vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt (Stephan James), who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Barry Jenkins’ (‘Moonlight’) new film is an ode to young love, a tragedy about injustice and social mores, a poetic depiction of the loss of innocence and naïveté inherent with maturation, and much more. A highly accomplished piece of film-making.