Love Journey (Movie Thoughts: Ein Weg [Paths] )

MV5BYjczNDRhZGUtYTFhOS00YzMzLThkMTgtMzdiN2UxOWE0N2JiXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTMxODk2OTU@._V1_I wanted to really like Chris Miera’s Ein Weg (Paths) and it took me a while to do so. It’s painfully slow, and I am not really averse to slow films, but it’s opening chapter could lose a lot of people, and it almost lost me. The film is a story about a couple. Andreas and Martin (Mike Hoffman and Matthias Reinhardt) who are separating after decades of being together. You can feel the intimacy, but not really much if the pain…until you get to the second chapter and Miera shows you how they got together and fell in love. This is one of those instances wherein editing makes a difference – you do not feel much empathy for the couple in the beginning part of the film because you do not have anything to go by. The slowness of the film really felt like  a burden, and there were numerous times I thought about abandoning the film. But I finished it, and I wish I felt it was more satisfying.

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