Love & Basketball
2000, Gina Prince-Bythewood, USA, 124 min.
With Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps
- Sat, Feb 1st 3:00pm
- Wed, Feb 5th 8:15pm
"It's a turn-on and a heart-stopper…the most passionate, clear-sighted movie ever made about women in sports, but, as the title proudly proclaims, it's also a film about love."—Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women's filmmaking and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees."—Susan Sharpe, Time Out London
The title says it all. Gina Prince-Bythewood's dazzling debut is a milestone among sports films, and a milestone among Black screen romances. It emphasizes the love over the basketball, and the female point-of-view over the male, but without short-changing the other side in either case. The story covers roughly a dozen years in the relationship between Monica (Lathan) and Quincy (Epps), next-door neighbors since childhood, both nurturing hoop dreams. Quincy, the son of an NBA star (Dennis Haysbert), has been groomed for glory, while Monica has to struggle during an era when opportunities for women are limited. A b-ball wannabe and track star in college, Prince-Bythewood knows how to capture the intensity of competition, but she also takes time to develop the characters (including the parents) off-court, resulting in a film of uncommon emotional depth. Executive produced by Spike Lee; music by Terence Blanchard. 35mm. (MR)