“Love comes around a couple of times, if you’re lucky.”
There is nothing like a good love story. There is also nothing like a good monster love story.
I didn’t know that until seeing Spring last week, but Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution) make the genre work on screen.
Similar to Resolution, the story in Spring builds at a slow place with an even mix of mystery and suspense while the characters and plot are developed.
Evan is one of the main characters in Spring and the story focuses on his decision to travel to Italy as a way to escape his past and struggles in life. Evan quickly finds friends to backpack with and meets a local student, Louise, during their travels.
Evan is instantly smitten with Louise and drawn to her, but she is hesitant to go out with him. As fate would have it, they keep running into each other after Evan stays in the city where she lives and finds a job on a local farm.
The backdrop of a foreign country really works for the film, not only because of the scenery Moorhead and Benson were able to capture, but also because it adds to the feeling that Evan doesn’t really know what he is getting himself into by living in a new place and pursuing Louise.
Evan is persistent with Louise and the resulting first date scene between the two characters is one of my favorites in the film. Both characters are still of a bit of a mystery to each other at this point. Evan isn’t revealing all of what brought him to Italy while Louise remains secretive about her background.
Evan’s place in life is one where he is seeking happiness and a new start and he seems to think he has nothing to lose with Louise.
At her request, Evan writes Louise a note at the end of their date to convince her to continue to spending time with him.
The contents of the note aren’t revealed, which only adds to the mystery of the film and Louise’s character. Louise is hesitant to be with Evan for a reason that becomes more and more clear as her character develops. It’s evident Louise sees something in Evan she doesn’t want to, or perhaps can’t, resist.
They become close after only a few days but Louise still manages to avoid Evan at times, perhaps to protect him. But Evan is convinced Louise is the love of his life and continues to have no fear, even when he should.
He does find out what Louise is being so secretive about, I won’t spoil it, and it is a turning point for both characters and their relationship.
Moorhead and Benson’s choice to slowly build to the point when Evan knows Louise’s secret, while giving the viewer tidbits of it here and there, is effective and provides a platform to conclude both the love story and mystery at the same time.
Maybe this is TMI (meaning I don’t know if I want to share this) but I was actually in tears during the ending of the film and I don’t cry from movies all that often.
Sometimes a good love story will just get to you, even when it is mixed with a bit of fright and blood and gore. Moorhead and Benson’s talent for character development while building suspense and fear in their audience shows in Spring, especially through the visual effects and soundtrack.
If there is an underlying theme of the film, perhaps it is people aren’t always who they appear to be and you need to take some chances in life.
Spring has been popular on the film festival circuit and had a short run in Minneapolis. More details on where to see or buy the film are on the Drafthouse Films website.
In other news, I need to see Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter this week as it also will only be in the theaters for a few more days. I’ll report back and one of these days I’ll finish my drafts about Wild Tales, Merchants of Doubt and Ballet 422.
That is all.