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Love Is Thicker Than Water (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 14 October 2016 (USA)
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Vida and Arthur come from vastly different backgrounds. Sensitive and touching, sometimes quirky and tragic, always uncompromisingly truthful, a fresh look how conflicting family ties challenge love in a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale.


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Credited cast:
Ellie Kendrick ... Helen
Johnny Flynn ... Arthur
Lydia Wilson ... Vida
Juliet Stevenson ... Ethel
Al Weaver ... Adam Berliner
Edward Akrout ... Simon
Henry Goodman ... Levi
Jessica Gunning ... Emily
Matt Barber ... Vida's Ex Lover
Alex Lanipekun ... Llion
Remy Beasley ... Brenda (as Remy Beasly)
Sharon Morgan ... Sara
Daniel Eghan ... Family Member
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... George
Luke Neal Luke Neal ... Jonathan


Vida and Arthur come from vastly different backgrounds. Sensitive and touching, sometimes quirky and tragic, always uncompromisingly truthful, a fresh look how conflicting family ties challenge love in a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale.

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Arthur: I never show it to anyone.
Vida: You just showed it to me so you could fuck me.
Vida: Isn't that another one of your talents?
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References Selena Gomez: Kill Em with Kindness (2016) See more »

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A study in generational trauma
30 March 2019 | by HoorooWatchesSee all my reviews

He literally urinates on 'art'. It seemed the conflict stemmed from how they faced the pain of their lives; the Jewish generational trauma was either corrected, understood, or experienced through art. The film's thesis was explained via the anecdote relaying the grandmother playing music for the gas chamber victims, and then how the horror in dealing with life passed across generations... the mother gave up music so lives in hell through empty affairs. (She was rather grim, rotted as a consequence of giving up her 'art'.)

Art is the great divine redeemer across this, as in so much of cinema. This opposed to the working class head down, drink and deal that the film seems less interested in. This brings Vida's impulse to read him, to know his pain and see it as the therapy in expression. The creative family are all suffering, there is no solution, and they work it out as culture in art (hence its constant fixation on ritual). The film's collage florid pace and staging made it go by nicely. Vida pursuing medicine as opposite her mother she was hiding within the art and needed grounding, answering why she so loved him.

It made me wonder if they concede it's impossible to know another and art is closer than language. Why it puzzles him is why he's drawn to her with both the stoicism and directness of his family, not in any sense living through abstraction. What she may not have realized is she herself is his artistic escape. That she switched from mother to father pursuing medicine with her mother's death, choosing selflessness for others, rather than selfishness in art... and why the lovers so needed each other: both choosing reality externally but each other internally for their own private creative fulfillment. I think they'll make it within their twin fantasy as outside themselves it will always end with attempting to seek the other.

'Life is not perfect but the children...' as in this correcting symbol of humanity, the blank slate, another expression of this 'ideal.' The ritual of the dual funerals. All the formalities. 'Do you actually care?' Except she needed him to feel a little less to balance and understand her grief. Ellie Kendrick wanting to be a jet pilot is so comically great; the creatives go to the extremes of their imagining. Because it's all or nothing and the imagination conceives the furthest extent. I live through such proclamations. The brother unleashed with his gayness once the mother's repression had lifted brings its symbols home once more.

I found the film truly special, every bit of it reads and the areas of disconnect are the difficulty in knowing another. The Vida performance is so good that I can't imagine it's a performance at all, I can't conceive of this person not being her.

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