In If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins addresses the audience directly and invites them to feel an all-encompassing love. Jenkins’ previous film, Moonlight, saw one boy grow up over three different chapters in his life. Beale Street is more mature, sharing and sustaining a longing gaze between its protagonists. Tish and Fonny are in love, but there’s a lot that is trying to ruin this.
Based on James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, Beale Street meets Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) at a crossroads. The childhood friends are deeply in love, now adults. But Fonny is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and Tish is pregnant with their baby.
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