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LOVE (US)

SYNOPSIS:
After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller (Gunner Wright) becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity - and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Morphing from naturalistic to fantasy to the surreal, Love is one of those ambiguous films that offer tantalising rewards each step of the way, only to fall short of the Big Reveal. And when it begins, we have to double check that we're watching the right film, which is supposedly about an astronaut stranded in space. We find ourselves on the battlefield of the American Civil War in 1864, brutal, bloody, muddy and deadly. Shot in blood nostalgia style, it is just a preface in which a soldier is ordered to write a personal diary of his expedition to report on a mysterious find.

By the time the relevance of this is sequence is made clear, we have spent six years alone with Astronaut Lee Miller (Gunner Wright), orbiting the Earth in enforced solitude. At first, the International Space Station is an intriguing tube of gizmos and communication with Houston is predictable. When transmissions collapse, Miller is not the perfect picture of a trained astronaut - he gets quickly stressed and is soon hallucinating. His fantasies include a woman whose picture we see, and whose apparition sometimes appears as if to tease Miller.

Other intruders appear in isolated and unconnected (technically raw) video clips, offering life lessons.

All the while the award winning sound designers are busy messing with our heads, and Angels & Airwaves impose their eerie yet ethereal underscore.

What to make of it all is almost irrelevant, except to accept the filmmaker's message about humans needing to connect; it's spelt out in the end narration, if you were in any doubt. In Love, as in life perhaps, it's the journey that matters, not the destination.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

LOVE (US) (PG)
(US, 2011)

CAST: Gunner Wright, Corey Richardson, Bradley Home, Nancy Stellmaszczyk, Robert E. Fanter, Jesse Hotchkiss, Troy Mittleider, Brid Caveny, Ambyr Childers, Tony Cohen

PRODUCER: Angels & Airwaves, Dan Figur, Nate Kolbeck, Vertell Scott

DIRECTOR: William Eubank

SCRIPT: William Eubank

CINEMATOGRAPHER: William Eubank

EDITOR: Brian Berdan, Scott Chestnut

MUSIC: Angels & Airwaves

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William Eubank

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Regency

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 30, 2012







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