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755 Ratings

If Beale Street Could Talk

Directed by Barry Jenkins
United States, 2018
Drama, Romance


Set in early 70s Harlem, Tish, 19, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. An adaptation of James Baldwin’s stunning novel of the same title.

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If Beale Street Could Talk Directed by Barry Jenkins

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2019 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Adapted Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 3 wins including: Best Feature

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | 2nd place: People's Choice Award

Jenkins’s graceless storytelling misreads Baldwin’s hard thinking and anguished writing — Millennial fans admire his anguish — resulting in a mush-minded protest movie. Like Spike Lee, Jenkins builds a collage of cultural references and topical complaints.
November 30, 2018
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Uninterrupted, [Tish and Fonny’s] shared tenderness is luxuriated in, while Nicholas Britell’s vivid, Oscar-nominated, original orchestral score provides precisely the required timbres of cinematic melancholy and romanticism. It is a joy to watch.
February 26, 2019
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What’s most remarkable about the movie, aside from its sheer physical beauty and intense yet restrained performances, is how Jenkins democratizes the story, adopting one character’s point-of-view and then another, in different sections of the movie, and often within individual scenes.
March 04, 2019
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