When his wife dies during childbirth, a man takes up her favorite sport, tennis, in an effort to hold onto her memory. He focuses on winning tournaments and neglects his newborn daughter. A family tug-of-war begins for control of his baby.
This anti-wave sports film is a provocative and disturbing character study of a man struggling to navigate his grief. Told against the backdrop of tennis competition, 30-Love is the directorial debut of filmmaker Robert Cannon and stars Academy Award® nominee Brenda Vaccaro (Kubo and the Two Strings, Midnight Cowboy). In an effort to remember the wife he lost to childbirth, a man drives himself to succeed in the sport she loved. As his obsession grows, her family intervenes and they begin a tug-of-war for control of his newborn daughter. He finds support in his two friends played by Justin Lee (The Interview, Arrested Development) and Mark Gagliardi (Drunk History, Thrilling Adventure Hour). 30-Love depicts the stages of grief and the dark humor we find when we lose someone we love.
The film is broken into five acts, each of which is based on a color and a different stage of grief from the Kubler-Ross system of grieving. The color/stages are: blue = depression green = bargaining black = denial red = anger yellow = acceptance Additionally, the color orange represents hope throughout the film. See more »
When Davari enters the red locker room, he unties his shoes. When he leaves, his shoes are tied. See more »
I cannot lose to a man with pink strings. I cannot lose to a man with pink strings. I cannot lose to a man with pink strings.
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The film is dedicated to director Robert Cannon's ex-wife, Lisa Rau. Lisa Rau is also the editor and producer for the film. See more »
The version that first screened for the 2015 Boston Film Festival was several minutes shorter. After the screening, the filmmakers decided to add back two scenes which had originally been cut for time. These scenes are the 'Pickle Scene' at the beginning of the film with David consoling Kelly's Husband and stealing his pickle. The other is the 'Valentine's Day Scene' toward the end of the film when Kelly's Husband is checking his mailbox at the college. A shot of Kelly's Husband running down a street with cars behind him was also added to a montage. See more »
I came away from this film much the same way I came away from my first Laurie Kilmartin comedy set: somewhat in shock but hopeful. At first glance, the title for this movie could just as well have been a version of Kilmartin's bestseller Sh*tty Mom. But in the end, the tennis term 30/Love is simply perfect! I am drawn to films that provoke the question, "What makes suffering funny – why am I laughing?" Think Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, for example. 30/Love also takes up unimaginable loss and grieving (the death of a spouse in childbirth – not shown - and the subsequent single-parenting in the baby's first year) much the same way a top-notch sobriety meeting does: you know it's working when you have an uproariously good laugh and feel much better going out than when you came in! A word about the ending: it leaves viewers with wildly different interpretations. As for mine, I am reminded of the famous phrase coined by child psychologist DW Winnicott: the key to "good enough parenting" is to provide the essential background to allow for the growing child's disillusionment with the world, without destroying her/his appetite for life and ability to accept reality. At the end of 30/Love, I had the sense that this wounded but valiant father would, thankfully, become a good-enough parent.
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