Saturday 16 March 2024

Movie Review: The Killing Of Two Lovers (2020)

Genre: Drama  
Director: Robert Machoian  
Starring: Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy  
Running Time: 84 minutes  

Synopsis: In a small Utah town, David (Clayne Crawford) is having trouble dealing with a trial separation from his wife Nikki (Sepideh Moafi). He has moved out and is living with his father, while she stayed in their home looking after the four kids, including teenager Jess. The couple agreed to see other people and Nikki is now in a relationship with Derek (Chris Coy), but David's jealousy threatens to boil over.

What Works Well: The location filming in Kanosh, Utah reveals a stark town nestled within scenic hills, a place where everyone is a neighbour and no secrets are possible. The patient storytelling allows the character outlines to slowly sharpen into a family agonizingly falling apart.

What Does Not Work As Well: The content is insufficient for a feature length film, and about half the scant running time consists of David driving around in his truck. Director Robert Machoian's penchant for static camera wide-angle shots and long takes but within a boxy aspect ratio is perhaps intentionally unsettling, but nevertheless annoyingly incongruous. 

Conclusion: The emotional devastation is palpable, but stretched too thin.

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  1. I liked this more than you did. I'm not sure why it resonated with me, because I don't really disagree with much of what you are saying.

    1. There is no denying the fierce spirit of independent filmmaking on display, but for me it did not move much beyond that.


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