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''Loving'' is a 2016 film written and directed by Creator/JeffNichols. It tells the RealLife story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were persecuted after marrying in Virginia, a state which prohibited interracial marriages. Their case, Loving v. Virginia, went up all the way to the Supreme Court and eventually led to the overturning of anti-miscegenation laws nationwide.

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''Loving'' is a 2016 film written and directed by Creator/JeffNichols. It tells the RealLife story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were persecuted after marrying in Virginia, a state which prohibited interracial marriages. Their case, Loving v. Virginia, went up all the way to the Supreme Court and eventually led to the overturning of all anti-miscegenation laws nationwide.in the US.



* ScaryBlackMan: While Mildred is in jail, a creepy-looking black guy gets put into the cell next to hers, after the cop sarcastically says he'll put him in her cell for the night.

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* ScaryBlackMan: While Mildred is in jail, a creepy-looking black guy gets put into the cell next to hers, after the cop sarcastically says he'll he should have put him in her cell for the night.


* MundaneMadeAwesome:Richard tells the lawyer to tell the judge, "I love my wife.", giving the landmark case an achingly beautiful simplicity.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome:Richard tells the lawyer to tell the judge, "I love my wife.", " and the lawyer's arguments are played over scenes of the couple going about their daily domestic routine, thus giving the landmark case an achingly beautiful simplicity.






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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Michael Shannon plays the South African Grey Villet with his natural Kentucky accent, apparently because Jeff Nichols thought asking Shannon to do a South African accent for such a small role would be too distracting.

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* {{Bookends}}: Shortly after the movie begins, Richard takes Mildred to a plot of land where he intends to build a house for them. At the film's conclusion, he is seen beginning to work on it.

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* ImperiledInPregnancy: Subverted. While nothing happens, Richard is clearly worried about Mildred's health and safety while in prison, given her condition.


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* MundaneMadeAwesome:Richard tells the lawyer to tell the judge, "I love my wife.", giving the landmark case an achingly beautiful simplicity.

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* NoAntagonist: While we see overt racists, particularly the sheriff and the trial judge, they're not dwelled upon. The only antagonist, if any, is Virginia's anti-miscegenation law.

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* MeaningfulName: Their surname ([[TruthInTelevision which was their name in real life]]) is remarkably apt for a case about the right to marry the person you love.

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* TheExile: Effectively this happens to the Lovings: they're made to leave Virginia as a condition of their parole.


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* {{Jerkass}}: The sheriff. He won't release Mildred to Richard on bail, even though she's pregnant.

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* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler:The film's epilogue tells us that Richard was killed in a car crash in 1975. Mildred never remarried and lived in the home Richard had built for her until her own death in 2008.]]

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*EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: Notably averted by Edgerton, whose teeth are quite yellow in the film.


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*ForegoneConclusion: Since there are no anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S. any more, even a viewer unfamiliar with the legal history knows how it turns out. The filmmakers assume this, as they focus very little on the actual case and more on the Lovings' personal experiences.


* CategoryTraitor: The white authorities clearly see Richard as this for marrying outside the race.

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* CategoryTraitor: The white authorities clearly see Richard as this for marrying outside the race. To the point where one repeatedly calls him "boy", a slur frequently used against African-American men.


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* InMediasRes: The film starts with Mildred telling Richard that she's pregnant, eliminating any depiction of their lives and relationship up until that point.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"I'm pregnant."]]


*BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Showing how this trope can be TruthInTelevision.



* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Inverted in Richard's case. One of his black friends remarks that he's spent his life hanging around black people, and is experiencing some of their persecution, but ultimately he's still white.

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* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Inverted in Richard's case. One of his black friends remarks that he's spent his life hanging around black people, and is experiencing some of their persecution, but ultimately he's still white.white.
*WindowPain: Richard discovers that somebody at his workplace tossed a brick with a page from the ''Life'' feature wrapped around it into his car.


*BasedOnATrueStory: Specifically, the story behind [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia Loving vs. Virginia]], which defined marriage as an inherent right.



* FamilyMan: Richard Loving.

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* FamilyMan: Richard Loving. He's so determined to be a husband and father that he breaks the law to do it.



* {{Housewife}}: Mildred, naturally. This is the 50s.

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* {{Housewife}}: Mildred, naturally. This is the 50s.TheFifties.



* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: The Lovings live in Washington as part of their plea bargain, but they're so attached to their home that they repeatedly risk prison to go there.

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* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: The Lovings live in Washington as part of aren't really that socially conscious; what brings them into the courts is their plea bargain, but they're so attached determination to their home that be able to live where they repeatedly risk prison to go there.grew up.

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*LapPillow: When a photographer from ''Life'' magazine visits the Lovings, he snaps a picture of them watching TV with Richard's head in Mildred's lap. At the end, we get to see the actual photo.

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