Spring (2014)

Rating: 8 of 10

movie poster Spring (2014)An unconventional love story for fans of the weird and uncanny.

Synopsis: “Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two — however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.” (source)

My thoughts: You meet “the one” only to discover they harbor a terrifying, mind-blowing secret. Probably one of the scariest scenarios for someone who’s just fallen in head-over-heels love.

SPRING is the kind of rare movie for which I am always on the lookout. One that blends reality with dark fantasy resulting in an uncanny, mythical, yet wholly believable love story. Whether that “love” is romantic, platonic, or familial, matters not; I simply enjoy the exploration of the intersections within love and horror.

It’s also important to mention SPRING’s beautiful cinematography as well as the fact that Louise, the woman, has the power in this romantic relationship. Evan is actually the weaker more vulnerable of the two. It was nice to see a strong woman portrayed with femininity and sexuality but not be defined by either. Kudos to the directors, Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, for that little breath of fresh air.

Highly recommended if you enjoyed movies like MONSTERS or ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.

Check out SPRING at Drafthouse Films | on IMDb

(Watched DVD on 8/27/2015)

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