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30-LOVE (2017)

30-Love (original title)
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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.


Robert Cannon





Credited cast:
Robert Cannon ... Kelly's Husband
Brenda Vaccaro ... Hellen
Justin Lee Justin Lee ... Johnnie
Mark Gagliardi ... David
Robert Craighead ... Fred
Del Hunter-White ... Jean
Marilyn McIntyre ... Sophie
Edmund Lupinski ... Ricky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lilia Blkhoyan Lilia Blkhoyan ... Tennis Girl #2
Sammy Brandan Sammy Brandan ... Sammy
Lisa Rau Cannon Lisa Rau Cannon ... Kelly
Shaw Davari Shaw Davari ... Davari
Eric Edelstein ... Ref
Dan Fischer Dan Fischer ... Filp-off Pedestrian
Mary Gukasyan Mary Gukasyan ... Tennis Girl #1


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.

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If you lose everything, win it back.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport


Did You Know?


Each crew member that worked on Christmas Day received a plaque that read, "I gave up my 2013 Christmas for the film 30-Love and all I got was this shitty plaque." See more »


When Davari enters the red locker room, he unties his shoes. When he leaves, his shoes are tied. See more »


Davari: 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


References Mad Max (1979) See more »


A Brief Bossa
Performed by Andrew Freedman
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User Reviews

Love, Grief and Tennis
27 November 2017 | by marosemcSee all my reviews

This is a small film with a big heart. Having Ira Heffler on board as the co-writer was a very smart move on the part of first-time filmmaker, Robert Cannon. Directing and starring in the film is a challenge, but I think Mr. Cannon held his own quite well playing the the grieving husband of his wife who just died in childbirth. This is information that is given at the very beginning of the film s it's not a surprise. Brenda Vaccaro is touching as the Mother of his deceased wife. Writing about loss and grief is always challenging, and I think this film addresses it in a thoughtful way. The metaphor of tennis, of learning how to play the game well is a great idea and used very successfully in this film. I think all of the actors are quite strong - large and small roles. I would like to see more from Mr. Cannon and Mr. Heffler - and I always enjoy Ms. Vaccaro's work.

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28 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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