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The Photograph

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2020
  • Stella Meghie
  • 106 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Michael, a reporter, becomes fascinated by a picture of a woman, and wants to know her backstory. In the present day, following the death of her estranged mother, a devastated young woman finds a photo that will change her life forever. Writer/director Stella Meghie's drama, starring Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield and Chelsea Peretti

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A mother's romantic regret inspires her daughter to take a risk in writer/director Stella Meghie's earnest if slightly underwhelming drama, which looks to The Notebook for inspiration yet retains its own flavour. Museum curator Mae (Issa Rae) and reporter Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) meet following the death of Mae's photographer mother Christina (played as a young woman by Chanté Adams), and the film flits between the pair's faltering courtship and a decades-old love affair involving Christina. Cast interestingly against type (the pair are more often seen in comic roles), Rae and Stanfield are credible, just not as a couple. Largely avoiding overt sentimentality, the film can feel flat, but an abundantly talented supporting cast (which includes Kelvin Harrison Jr, Chelsea Peretti, Teyonah Parris and Lil Rel Howery) brings script-enhancing spark and nuance to proceedings. The Photograph is a tad chaste for a film about passion, while the mystery element doesn't exactly fly, but it's likeable, sporadically witty and sumptuously shot in a range of glamorous and characterful New York and New Orleans locations. It undoubtedly has the look of love; it's just a shame about the chemistry.

Credits

Cast

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Mae MortonIssa Rae
Michael BlockLaKeith Stanfield
Young Christina EamesChanté Adams
Young Isaac JeffersonY'lan Noel
Andy MorrisonKelvin Harrison Jr
KyleLil Rel Howery
AsiaTeyonah Parris
Rachel MillerJasmine Cephas Jones
Sara RodgersChelsea Peretti
Louis MortonCourtney B Vance

Crew

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DirectorStella Meghie

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2020-03-06
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Formats
Colour
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