The Words Not Spoken (Movie Thoughts: Lovesong)

large_lovesongI think I am now definitely a fan of actress Riley Keough. I know she is great in STARZ’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience,’ and she is wonderful in So Yong Kim’s ‘Lovesong.’ She has one of the most expressive faces, and she uses them intelligently – a look, a glance conveys a myriad of emotions with her. In this film, she plays Sarah, who has been friends with Mindy (Jenna Malone) since they were kids. But is there something more to their friendship? In the film, as is most of the time in real life, feelings are complex, and is even complicated by attachments, and life choices. Sarah and Mindy connect at one point, and they kiss, but both are afraid to face their feelings. Cut to three years later as Sarah goes to Tennessee for Mindy’s wedding, as she senses ambivalence in Mindy’s commitment. Is this the perfect opportunity for them to finally acknowledge what they feel, if indeed they feel something for each other.

Obviously, the gay undertones in this film is there, but it is never said out loud. Perhaps that speaks of gender fluidity with this new generation, after all love is love, right? No need for labels. This is one of those stylish films where there seems to be not much action, but more about character pieces. You feel like you really got to know Sarah (and Mindy) even though you don’t really see their life journeys. I liked it for its contemplative tone, as it makes you think about choices you made, roads you didn’t follow. And if only to see Keough in action, it’s worth a view.

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