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Without giving away too much, the story deals with topics of prolonging strained relationships in a way that only someone who has actually experienced that could convey. As a result, it avoids the over-dramatization that would be found in a bigger studio production, and instead comes off as realistic, and extremely relatable.
It also acts as a love-letter to cult cinema, and the VHS era, and is a joy to watch for all of the little nuggets and references, but manages to appeal to the niche without alienating viewers that may not be as familiar with that subject. This is complimented by interesting and unique stylistic choices, both through camerawork, and post-production (ex. the use of VCR rewind/fast-forward functions in flashback sequences)
The story is as good as its core cast, who all give authentic performances, and deliver the dialogue as if they are actually saying it. This makes them seem less like characters, and more like real people, which reinforces the repeatability of the subject matter.
All-in-all, an extremely worthwhile, and thought-provoking watch, that I found myself thinking about weeks after the festival, and am glad I stumbled upon. Happy to have taken the opportunity to go to the viewing, and would definitely recommend that others see, if given the chance.
With a blend of absurdism, dry wit and uncanny humor signature to the dynamic duo of 4 MILE CIRCUS, Sean's creation will forever be etched in my psyche - and forever stand as a tribute to relationships of the millenial generation.
10/10, two thumbs up, fine holiday fun.
The portrayal of the primary relationship in the film was almost *too* realistic. It was hard to watch at times and will ring true for anyone who's been in a long-term relationship.
Finally, the performances are great -- nuanced and real. Fantastic cast and direction.