Review: LoveTrue (2016)

LoveTrue is a new indie documentary from Director Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach) and is executive-produced by Shia LaBeouf (Transformers).Har’el follows three complicated, real-life relationships as they unfold in distinct corners of the country. Alaskans Blake and Joel pursue a promising romance, in spite of physical limitations and her stripping career. In Hawaii, free spirit Coconut Willie discovers another side of true love after realizing his son is not biologically his own. And singer/songwriter Victory comments on faith and faithfulness as she and her siblings perform in the streets of New York City accompanied by their father John, who was abruptly separated from his wife.

This is a very abstract and artistic approach to documentary film-making as we weave in and out of the three narrative ‘threads’. The result is a very reflective piece; rather than having a clear narrative or commentary it is more like a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ look at several real life relationships. This is certainly an interesting take but will not be to everyones taste.A haunting score from Flying Lotus mixes atmospheric sounds and classical strings in a beautiful embodiment of the artful nature and abstract ‘narrative’ of this film.

What the film-makers call ‘artful camerawork’ i’m afraid doesn’t do much for me; and some of the sound production is a little rough. Having the camera go slowly in and out of focus is something of a indie ‘trope’ and I don’t think it really adds anything to the film.

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