Medicine for the Melancholy

Taking into account the small amount of African Americans that embrace indie or alternative lifestyles, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that a relationship between two indie African Americans is a rare thing. Yet Director Barry Jenkins decides to explore this phenonmenon in “Medicine for Melancholy.” The film depicts two people who fall in love over a twenty-four hour time period. Similar to other flicks such as “Before Sunrise”, the film follows Micah, played by Wyatt Cenac, and Jo, played by Tracey Heggins, through the city of San Francisco. After an awkward introduction following what could have only been a rad party, the two find themselves falling in love with each other, despite having other love interests. Under the direction of Barry Jenkins, the couple’s interest in each other is shown through a combination of real conversation and carefully depicted moments of raw emotion. However, as the end of the day nears, inevitably so does the couple’s relationship.


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