Written by Natalia Lusinski Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:13 AM
If you want to see the epitome of love, see this documentary by Steve Hoover. (But be prepared to cry at least a dozen times.)
When Rocky (Hoover’s best friend) leaves America to start a new life in India, he has no idea what to expect. One day, he visits an orphanage for children with HIV, but he does not have plans to stay there. However, the kids’ excitement lures Rocky in and soon a day becomes several months, then a few years. Rocky tries to return to The States, in between waiting for a new visa to go back to India, but he doesn’t feel the same in America anymore, for India feels more like home. Not having grown up in a stable family, Rocky finds in India what he never found in America.Add a comment
Written by Natalia Lusinski Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 1:44 PM
In my book, this prince would not get a crown for best film.
Alvin (Paul Rudd) is in the middle of nowhere for the summer, painting traffic lines on a road with his girlfriend’s brother, Lance (Emile Hirsch). Alvin is serious to Lance’s this-is-boring-where-are-the-girls mentality. While Alvin is the kind of guy who handwrites his girlfriend letters (this is 1988, after all), Lance is the type who tries to masturbate in the tent he shares with a sleeping Alvin.Add a comment
Written by Natalia Lusinski Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 1:34 PM
Actor/director Sarah Polley’s documentary, Stories We Tell, is a very well-told and relatable tale of family, connection, and love.
In it, Sarah interviews several members of her family, as well as family friends, investigating her past -- namely, trying to uncover who her biological father is after learning her mother had had an affair. Her mother would be the perfect person to ask, though she passed away when Sarah was eleven.
Each interview acts as a clue to lead Sarah into more searching until she finally discovers her real father. But how will she tell the dad who raised her?Add a comment
Written by Natalia Lusinski Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:15 AM
Imagine falling in love with someone you cannot see, or them with you. This is exactly what happens in the moving What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, the first Indonesian film to play at Sundance. It portrays the relationships between blind and deaf young adults at a school for the visually impaired.
Writer/director Mouly Surya’s movie is a great study in saying a lot with few words; there is barely any dialogue for the first thirty minutes of the film, and it continues to be short on verbosity but rich in reading people’s faces and emotions to convey the coming-of-age love stories.Add a comment
Written by Meredith Alloway Monday, January 28, 2013, 9:58 PM
Drake Doremus knows how to break some hearts. His last film Like Crazy went home with the 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and also a slew of adoring supporters. Doremus proved his skill at depicting the delicacy of young love. Expectations for Breath In this year at the festival were high.
Waiting outside the Eccles Theater, the largest screening venue at the festival, you would think people were packing in to see the forthcoming of Led Zeppelin. There was a huge crowd of people holding their premiere tickets high, desperate to get in to see the film, and I was one of them. Luckily, I snagged a second row seat. This time around, Doremus tackles that adolescent love he captures so well, but also the more mature love found in marriage.Add a comment
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