‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins Delivers Stunning Romance With Aftertaste of Injustice

For his follow-up to the Best Picture winner “Moonlight,” director Barry Jenkins delivered a vivid and deeply romantic adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Sumday at the Toronto Film Festival.

A bold and elegant celebration of young black love in the face of a Harlem rife with police corruption, Canadian actor Stephan James and newcomer KiKi Layne received a standing ovation alongside Jenkins after credits rolled at the Princess of Wales theater.

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