The simplicity of Jeff Nichols’ Loving is laid out in its opening sequence. We begin with a close-up on Mildred (Ruth Negga) as she hesitantly, in a whisper, announces that she is pregnant. We hard cut to a close-up on Richard (Joel Edgerton), confused yet overcome with happiness. Another hard cut follows to the two sitting on the deck of Mildred’s home. The porch light illuminates the two figures as Mildred lays her head on Richard’s broad shoulders, with Nichols looming on the shot; he’s prone to this looming, where more often than not he will linger on a scene for just a second or two longer than you’d expect.