In a time of mass anxiety, and societal upheaval, LoveTrue provides the antithesis. Both visually stimulating and poetically brilliant, this unique documentary travels around the globe to uncover stories from the 21st century public about love, life, alienation and aspiration.
Although categorised as a documentary, the feature is just as much an artists’ film. Moving from Alaska to Hawaii to New York, its unnamed participants invite us into their lives, speaking unashamedly and logically about their present situation, using the past as an indicator of decision. Weaving fact, opinion and memory, the three disparate narratives presented reflect on life as a visceral journey full of cause and effect.
Nature and nurture are prevalent as both visual and performative elements; the aurora borealis, the New York skyline, the Alaskan mountains and a neon-lit strip club are amongst the vibrant backdrops for the interviews presented here in which love and, by extension, human nature is not chosen but something that is painfully, beautifully, optimistically and helplessly learnt.
LoveTrue by Alma Har’el is available on DVD from Dogwoof.
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