Monica and Beau are a couple who are clearly in love with one another. They hang on one another’s words, they spend time together in the forests and beaches near their Virginia homes and their attraction for one another is clear. But they are also of different races, living in 1940s Virginia, making their romance forbidden and even dangerous.
Their relationship is discovered, and their love for one another is tested when bigotry rears its head, putting their relationship — and especially Monica — in danger.
Lush, atmospheric and visually sumptuous, filmmaker Joyce Sherri uses every element in the cinematic toolbox to craft a jewelbox of a romance, exploring an interracial relationship set in 1940s Virginia.
The storytelling can be languid, taking time to build the chemistry and sexual tension between the film’s central couple. The sensual, tender camerawork capture the give and take between the the lead actors, Tashiana Washington and Jordan M. Cox, placing them within the tableax of a beautiful natural landscape full of water, sunlight and trees.
But their Eden-like romance can’t escape from the real world tensions and politics, and when their relationship is discovered, it means danger to them as a couple.
“Forever” contains elements of fantasy, but these are very much rooted in the emotional life of the characters, reflecting their unspoken hopes, dreams and fears. Fantasy is often an underused genre when it comes to exploring race and history in cinema, but Sherri uses it here to powerful effect, as an acknowledgment of both the bond between Monica and Beau but also as a commentary on the harsh reality they find themselves living in.