Starring: Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Chelsea Peretti, Lil Rel Howery, Courtney B. Vance, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chante Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Y’lan Noel
Romantic drama written and directed by Stella Meghie. We follow series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present, about forgiveness, and about finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it may lead you.
[reading a letter left by her mother]
Mae’s Mother: [voice over] My Ma, my daughter, I put my love into photographs, pictures, took space in my heart, instead of people.
Mae’s Mother: [voice over] My Mae, I wish I had put as much courage into love as I put into my work.
Mae’s Mother: [voice over] I wish I didn’t leave people by so often.
Mae’s Mother: Don’t you want more than this?
Mae’s Father: I want you. What more do you want?
Mae: I just don’t understand why she couldn’t tell me about her life while she was alive.
Family Member: Maybe she thought it would help you look at her another way.
Michael Block: [to Mae] Hey. I’m Michael Block from The Republic. I’m doing a story about your mom.
Mae: How’s your article going?
Michael Block: To be honest, I was a little distracted. So I kept running back in my mind how you might respond to me asking you for a drink?
Mae: So that was you asking me?
Michael Block: In my mind, it wasn’t that forward. You know, it was more smoother than that
Mae: I’m terrible at first dates. I just don’t know whether to be vulnerable, or loose, funny.
Michael Block: Just be yourself.
Michael Block: I’m wondering if it’s not too early in the night to kiss you.
[they kiss; a moment later]
Mae: It wasn’t too early.
Michael Block: Cool. I see.
[they both start laughing]
Friend #1: [to Michael] You’s in love. It’s written all over your face. You look so sappy, it’s embarrassing.
Michael Block: Why have you got your hair down like you’re praying?
Mae: Because I might need to.
Michael Block: What would you pray for?
Mae: A little power.
[to Mae and Michael]
Friend #2: What y’all do when the power went out today?
[Mae sips her drink and smiles]
Friend #1: Yoh, she did a little sip and smile thing, like…
[referring to her mother’s letter]
Mae: I keep reading her words.
Mae: My mother wasn’t very good at love. What if I’m just like her? How are you supposed to know if you want to spend forever with someone?
Michael Block: I want to try to be together.
Mae: It’s not practical.
Michael Block: I’m not trying to be practical. I want to be with you.
Mae: I said the opposite of everything that I wanted to say.
Isaac Jefferson: I let her leave. Thirty years later, I’m still trying to figure that out.
Michael Block: What would you have done differently?
Isaac Jefferson: I would have gone after her.
Mae: I don’t want to lose you, because I’m afraid to love you.
Michael Block: You don’t have to be afraid.
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