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Love Simple (2009)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  31 July 2009 (USA)
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A man and woman fall in love but lie about who they really are due to their mutual insecurities.


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Meet these people - share their journey - arrive at love
1 July 2013 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

Just saw this movie on Netflix. It's an independent and relatively low budget film, and like many good "indies," Love Simple is raw, non-homogenized and intriguing.

The initial credits give that "indie" feeling immediately; yet the initial soundtrack music foreshadows unbalance, uncertainty and creative sparks by using an upbeat rock instrumental in a strange time signature you can't count. Only at the end of the movie did I fully realize the brilliance there.

(There are some other interesting elements to the music soundtrack as well – listen for them. There's a transitional music fragment played on a tired upright piano, for example, that is just perfect for the scene. Kudos to the music composer, Danny Mordujovich.)

Another reviewer here thought the acting was poor. I respectfully but totally disagree, because like many good indies this film presents an unpolished vision of real people in challenging, painful situations. "Reality" shows have "real people" and they don't act very well or at all, but that makes sense. Here in Love Simple, however, the director and the actors create the characters to communicate certain ideas and feelings in the persons of otherwise seemingly real people. The rough edges in the acting reinforce the realism while the story proceeds along its message path.

At first, the story line seemed to fall in the "things get bad to worse" genre of many indie screenplays. I enjoy the character studies in such films, but many times feel disappointed with the story line's downward spiral or, sometimes, the ultimately "same BS, different day" fatalistic outlook on life.

Love Simple, however, is not that simple. Indeed, as the film progresses, the story becomes at once clearer and more nuanced. I won't spoil it by giving it away – but this film is worth watching carefully. Some of the audio (as in many indies) is under volume or the lines are rushed, so you might stop and replay parts. It is worth hearing every line.

There is a philosophy of love in this movie that you rarely see in film. If you have read Harville Hendrix's book, Getting the Love You Want, then you'll especially recognize (at the end of the film) some deeper psychological insights. If you know the term agape love from the Christian view, then the internal struggles of the characters in Love Simple become quite dramatic.

Love is not just liking. Love is not necessarily admiring. Love does not rest upon a checklist of sellable qualities. To truly love is to desire to heal and restore another human being, and to carry on for as long as it takes.

Watch Love Simple with a thoughtful person, or the person you love, and then explore the film's story and ideas in conversation. Involve your hearts and minds. Enjoy the journey.

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