Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are a young couple on the crossroads who attend a therapy. Their shrink advises them a retreat in a house at an unspecified location.
They reluctantly agree and part for a short trip to a beautiful faraway location where they deal with each other, each other’s expectations and fears.
What they go through and the way things go, is the most significant strength of this feature film.
It makes one think for a long time afterwards on what exactly happened there.
Smooth acting, improvised dialogues provide an artsy experience that is less literal and more emotional than one would expect.
Based on a novel recommended by (among others) Barack Obama. The novel is written by Sally Rooney.
Set in Ireland – the story follows an on-off relationship of a young couple. They know one another from school, then both (separately) move to Dublin to study at Trinity.
It is a love story of an impossible kind. Feast for the eyes. Little bits of nudity and a fair amount of passion. Relationships with peers, parents, siblings and the outside world.
Told in very few words. The camera eye is often a third actor – e.g. during one and the same conversation of the two over a cup of coffee sitting at opposite sides – Marianne is shot from a distance, while Connell gets a very close camera angle. This distance changes as the conversation shifts. Crafty!
Melancholic, as Ireland landscape provides the background for tumultuous events. There is cold Sweden and hot Italy too.
Winner of the UK Feature section at Raindance 2012.
This is yet another ballet themed film at Raindance. Two dancers meet at the tube escalators and what seems to be a reactivation of a previous acquaintance, it turns out they had never met before. They spend the night together – in the Linklater’s sense of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset – walking around London, talking, or not, sometimes dancing, drinking, exploring the outside world through each other’s eyes.
Supposedly it is a non-mainstream love story. Supposedly it is a fake love story without a happy ending. Supposedly it is a warm tale making us believe in humans again.
It is nicely photographed, craftily lit and London always looks stunning in October, the duo surely knows how to dance. I liked the costumes.
Would a ballet dancer riding a bike to the audition throw in two bricks into his backpack? Just a thought.
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent. Oh, and COSMO (the dog).
With such cast, what can be expected!?
It is an intelligent, beautiful, magical, romantic story that with its bitterness and sweetness seems bizzarely real.
To an extent, it is similar to Ayoade’s Submarine, to Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. Being a simple story told in a beautiful manner playing with the tools and never boring.
The beautiful slow pace is an unexpected advantage of the film. It’s bitter-sweet with a bit of sour taste. Only at one point does it key an unlikely string, but in general the world created is coherent and craftily constructed. Despite achronological jumps in time, we are never lost as to what happens when.
A wise, calm cinema. Strong recommend.