Really Love, a tender Black romance

Kofi Siriboe and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing in Really Love

Really Love is a beautiful love story. The cast is all Black, as are the behind the scenes crew. Angel Kristi Williams co-wrote and directed. The writing, the camera work, the direction, and the actors all approached the story with tenderness and love. That’s conveyed back to the audience in this delicate and gentle love story. The film is available on Netflix.

Kofi Siriboe and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing star in Really Love. They are excellent together. Isaiah Maxwell (Kofi Siriboe) is an artist, a painter. He’s broke and not successful yet.

Stevie Solomon (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing) is working toward a law degree at Georgetown University. Isaiah and Stevie meet at an art exhibit and hit it off immediately. Her parents are successful and definitely don’t want her to be with a starving artist.

Isaiah has a chance at success when he is introduced to a gallery owner played by Uzo Aduba. He’s been blocked and his family doesn’t support him. Meeting Stevie ignites his creativity again and he starts producing.

Kofi Siriboe and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing in Really Love

The progress of their love affair is sweet and slow. Eventually Isaiah moves in with Stevie. When he’s on the cusp on having a solo show and she is ready to graduate from law school it causes a crisis in their relationship.

Things change between them. When the film ends, we aren’t 100% sure where the relationship is going. Their early connection and passion is the heart of the film. Love stories like this one are rare, and I think it will resonate with many viewers, especially Black viewers who don’t often get to see their love stories told. (Sylvie’s Love comes to mind.) I thought the film was well done and beautifully directed by first time feature director Angel Kristi Williams.

A few of the other notable actors in the film include Blair Underwood, Suzzanne Douglas, Michael Ealy, and Jade Eshete.

Just like her character in the film, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In the trailer it says “Introducing Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing” but she already has 24 credits on IMDB on both American and Dutch TV.

poster for really love

Take a look at the preview.

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