"The reflective nature of the set-up creates a slow-burning film, devoid of melodrama, blazing rows or dramatic conflict that one may well expect from such a plotline"
It would be wrong to label David Färdmar’s heartfelt film as a tale of lost love, for it is more an examination of a relationship that once appeared meaningful and heading somewhere that, subtly and sadly, evaporates into history.
It opens with Adrian (Björn Elgerd) and his boyfriend Hampus (Jonathan Andersson) sitting up next to one another in bed, yet there appears to be a distance that they are both acknowledging. They are breaking up and the narrative follows the pair as they remain good friends whilst picking apart the positives and negatives of their life together yet at the same time trying to move on from one another.
The reflective nature of the set-up creates a slow-burning film, devoid of melodrama, blazing rows or dramatic conflict that one may well expect from such a plotline.
Consequently, it is a film that makes some initial demands of the audience but the committed and engaging performances of Elgerd and Andersson are pivotal in anchoring the central idea that is the scripts most interesting notion. There is often a sadness when any long-term relationship comes to an end and even if the future works out it’s the idea of a unique love escaping a couple’s grasp that is the most interesting conceit.
Despite the main and supporting characters all being gay, their sexuality is not really relevant, with ideas and thoughts that are universal and relatable to all.
While it’s not an entirely original story and the relatively slender running time does strain patience somewhat in the first half the performances and central idea engage none the less.