Can’t Let Go (Film Thoughts: The Killing of Two Lovers)

Based on its trailer, I thought ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ would not be for me. It’s not a sophisticated city film, and for some reason I thought it was a western. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This film, written and directed by Robert Machoian, mesmerized me as soon as I started watching it. It’s about a man who can’t let go – of his family, of his love for his wife while they are now separated. He lives down the street from them, and we see him struggle with the new situation – visiting his children in the middle of the night just to crack some jokes. Add to the fact that his wide has now started dating, and things are starting to get very serious. The film is very specific – it’s location is rural Utah – and this specificity adds to its color and authenticity. And I couldn’t feel sympathetic towards the father, played with. lot of rugged intensity by Clayne Crawford. I was on his side the whole time. This film was the talk of Sundance last year, and got lost in the Covid shuffle – I hope it gets to people’s radar now.

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