Good lovin’ ain’t easy to come by.
Lily (Elena Rusconi) is a “Cam Girl;” someone who makes a living posing for a web cam -makes sense. She meets Chris (Matthew Tarricone), they hit it off, and decide on a casual connection with no expectations. But things become very complicated, when Chris’ resentment for Lily’s work grows, causing cracks to form in their informal arrangement.
Live Love is the first feature length film from writer/director Rob Levy. This is a modern day take on romance in a time of casual hook ups, and friends with benefits. What it shows however, is that even when it comes to the most casual of relationships, nothing is ever simple.
Things are sure different today than when my Mama and Daddy began wooin’ each other. Is that good or bad? Guess it depends on who you talk to. What is certain, is that complications form in any intimate relationship; but it is even more so, when sex is introduced. Because it ain’t always easy to prevent the heart from getting involved and making things messy.
In Live Love Chris and Lily think they have the answers to what it means to be in a 21st century romance. At first it seems to be working for them, but both want more than a casual acquaintance, and neither one wants to admit it. And when things start to go all squirrely, the whole idea of a relationship with no strings attached, becomes even more convoluted.
There are several good things about Live Love; Rusconi and Tarricone are very good together, and have an unmistakable chemistry with one another. Levy’s writing touches on the kinds of issues many young millennials deal with today. But where it falls short for me, is that I never feel any kind of emotional connection to either Lily or Chris. I am never invested in them, and because of this, their relationship lacks a certain authenticity.
Live Love is in essence, a modern day love story, that should pull the viewer in so that we feel like we are experiencing things along with Lily and Chris. This never happens, and I ended up watching the film with a clinical interest, rather than an emotional one.
The place where this lack of emotion is most apparent, is in a scene where Chris tells Lily about the death of his younger brother. This should be a touching moment, but it’s all glossed over, and the opportunity to really delve deeper into these characters is lost.
There’s a Netflix series called Master of None starring Aziz Ansari as Dev. In an episode called, “Mornings,” Dev’s girlfriend Rachel moves in, and in one 27 minute episode we get an overview of who this couple is, and the extent of their relationship. We see the ups and downs of living together, and how wonderful and difficult it can be, all at the same time. A good part of the episode is done without any dialogue; we watch as a soundtrack of their lives plays over images of their lives. In this one episode, we are allowed into the relationship, and an emotional connection is made. Oh how I wish this same bond happened with Chris and Lily.
Live Love definitely has more going for it, than against it. However for me, the pieces just didn’t quite come together in a way where I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
Live Love is currently scheduled to be released sometime in 2016, and is hoping to be shown in festivals across the country. According to IMDb, it was made on the unheard of sum of $8,000. I have a mad amount of respect for small filmmakers, and those actors who do the hard work without all the glory that bigger budget movies receive. Levy, Rusconi, and Tarricone, should still be very proud of Live Love.
Love is never having to say you’re guilty, and this film is definitely Not Guilty.
2016, Civil Films, 63 minutes, NR (2015)
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