Excellent lead character acting, tension spread evenly, but missed some background info that could have improved my viewer experience
Seen at the Leiden International Film Festival 2014 (LIFF), where it was selected for the official American Indie competition. We follow Gabriel on an obsessive search for a former girl friend, hoping that being together again will solve all his problems. Provides for an insightful view on the impact it has on family and friends who have to live with someone with mental problems, and how difficult it must be to follow his trains of thought and his hidden reasoning. That he is a loose canon and unpredictable all the time, is clear from the outset.
On the other hand, an extra 5 minutes (adding up to 90 min, still not long) could have worked to explain Gabriel's medical history, his place in the family and what problems he has been treated for. And what precisely must we think of his former relationship with Alice, and how many years have past since their relationship?? A continuous attempt to restore that friendship is the driving force of everything he does, and we may wonder why he thinks that a reunion is a good idea, and why it will solve all his problems for good.
All in all, a lot of guesswork, too much for my taste, but it may have been on purpose letting us read between the lines all the time and keeping us in tension. Yet, lead character and director show a lot of promise, with a bright future ahead. My IMDb score of 7 strikes a balance between the excellent acting on one hand, and the missing elements in the script which could have clarified some background and improved our viewer experience on the other hand. The excellent performance by the lead actor and his overly persistent quest would have been better appreciated when we had a grip on the type of disease he is suffering from. If leaving out important details was intentional to maintain a dramatic tension all along, I'm wrong with this score, but I cannot help it. Maybe I'm to rational and always in need to understand things, unable to satisfy myself with atmosphere and impressions included in a movie.
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