Tiny Couch Review

Spring, 2014

  • lucidunicorn
    Master Critic

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    On 11/08/2017 at 11:06 Quote this message

    Spring is a 2014 romance-horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Stars Nadia Hilker and Lou Taylor Pucci.

    What do you get when you mix Richard Linklater’s romantic magnetism of his “Before” series and David Cronenberg’s body horror? You get “Spring”, a small indie love story with charm and soul but also a grotesque piece of horror.

    Let me talk about the film’s picture for a bit, and boy the picture is beautiful. A pleasant mix of the bleak, realistic tones of its European setting (Italy) and the warmth of its American directors.

    The blend is perfect and beautiful, there are scenes where it’s warm with nice little oranges and browns with a bit of light reds for the romance, then you get the cement greys and harsh blues that are just so European in nature. And then you get these beautiful scenes where the two blend and become a balanced piece of art. The raw movements of the camera making us feel uneasy when necessary and in love when needed. With beautiful shots of flora and insects as cut aways. The horror sequences utilizing CGI in a minimalistic way to enhance the deformed creatures, while grossing us out. The soundtrack is amazing, a mixture of sweet, fragile, haunting and mysterious sounds that transport you into this world.

    Man what a terrific film, so engaging and somewhat poetic, so I’m not gonna say much cause I want you to watch it and judge for yourself, but this is how Romeo and Juliette should have been. These characters of Evan and Louise, so interesting with tragic pasts and sort of living in tragic moments. The directors studied human behavior that gave them the insight and style to craft these two characters. The casual and spontaneous interactions between Evan and Louise, both seeking something, Evan is seeking belonging and connection and Louise seeking immortality and Evan comes in asks her to choose love over immortality.

    The last act is a high wire act that tries to balance intensity with the horror with the romance and it is majestic to watch. A film that hides its romance in its strangeness, a love story that carries mythology and science on its back as themes with a satisfying end, like I said how Romeo and Juliette should have ended. A high recommendation, engages you from the word go. Also this plays more like a romance then a horror but because of its body horror elements we’ll give it a pass.

    “Fear of the unknown makes a lot of the pretty stuff though…”

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