Lovesong (2016)

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    So Yong Kim

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Young mother Sarah (American Honey's (see p35) transcendent Riley Keough) lives alone with her two-year-old daughter while her husband works away for long stretches. She has a lovely rapport with her daughter but she's clearly isolated and achingly lonely. When her capricious childhood friend, Mindy (Jena Malone) comes to visit, the two instantly reconnect and a dormant romantic spark ignites. But Mindy is gone almost as suddenly as she arrived. Three years later, Sarah is invited to Mindy's wedding and the palpable underlying attraction comes bubbling to the surface. Starring her real life children and drawing extraordinary central performances from Keough and Malone, director So Yong Kim follows up For Ellen with a film of subtle beauty. Charting an intimate female friendship with great restraint, she allows the viewer to figure and feel their way through the heart-panging complexity of that relationship, just as the characters do.

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