Written April 30, 2016
I did like the film because it's a situation that happens in real life. People have and are currently experiencing the same issues. I recognized the actress that played the mother from other movies. The director did a great job on the directing and the story line. This movie is for adults only.
Written October 08, 2015
I was so excited to see this movie.
It was good but NOT very realistic in the gritty sense of how things go down. Yes, women wait, pay for lawyers, deal with family drama and dream of him holding you in the middle of the night while you sleep. But, we also find out more than he was having relations with the corrections officer on duty. Women deal with those other women who come and see the man you love because he's also the man THEY love too. Women deal with down-low men behind the walls of prison, their partners who lie about the actual time they are doing because they cannot or won't share how much time they have been sentenced.
I think those who don't know this life will benefit more than those who have on more than once occassion visited someone they love in jail.
I'm not sure if the idea of the move was to show the lack of black men available because they are in jail and how women are missing out on the good ones who are right in front of them. Check it out.
Written July 04, 2015
Beautifully shot, with characters that were real life (by that I mean that they were faced with choices that didn't come with easy answers). One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. A welcome break from all the remakes and mega blockbusters. A little movie with a great story and good acting. Reminded me of "Love Jones".
Written May 02, 2016
Excellent. Artfully done with powerful performances. Subtle scenes that invoke so much emotion. I couldn't stop thinking about it for hours after. It's a must see. Let's give it some love, Chicago.
Written November 27, 2015
This is a powerful story of a powerful individual trying to maintain a committed relationship. Derek and Ruby are in a relationship and suddenly Derek is incarcerated. Ruby visits him regularly and makes a point to keep the relationship going and get Derek before the parole board for his release. At the parole board hearing Ruby gets a rude awakening. The most significant change in the film to me is Derek's growing interest in maintaining a committed relationship. Ava DuVernay writes full, complex, rich Black male characters that need to be seen more on film. -RF.