Killing two lovers, 2020.
Directed by Robert Machoian.
Starring Clayne Crawford, Chris Coy, Sepideh Moafi, Avery Pizzuto, Arri Graham, Bruce Graham, Ezra Graham and Jonah Graham.
David (Clayne Crawford) and Nikki (Sepiedeh Moafi) are on trial. Derek (Chris Coy) only complicates things by getting to the middle. When their relationship depends on balance, things can go both ways.
This grim relationship drama is a film about miscellaneous messages, accentuated by an abstract soundtrack and its use of a deserted landscape. Author director Robert Machoian uses a breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped peaks alongside Utah’s rugged tundra to maintain tone and attract audiences. The presentations are low-key and precise with a unique sound design that evokes tension and fills all frames with friction.
David of Clayne Crawford carries most of the film, outlining isolation and martial arts in awkward moments. Nikki Sepideh Moafin complements this partnership as both actors seek to mediate the separation of the trial. Loaded guns, honest conversations and everyday life are captured in a film that is never based on melodrama.
David and Nikki are subtle in describing emotional realism despite the uncertainty of an uncertain future. Killing two lovers is a film shaped round small moments. Photographer Oscar Ignacio Jimenez is more illustrative in the construction of his shots, making the audience a substitute for their involvement.
Much of this film feels like a real intrusion when claims erupt and disintegrate just as quickly in the presence of young children. Avery Pizzuton’s Jess further complicates the dynamics by removing adolescent frustrations as well as hiding some home truths. David hovers on the verge of confrontation everywhere as he drifts between removal jobs. His grip on the relationship weakens as Chris Coyn Derek makes things even more difficult. He is the desired third bike for a dynamically designed two. When they finally face it, the violence is short-lived, while the consequences evoke honest epiphany and genuine catharsis.
Robert Machoian and sound designer Peter Albrechtsen have created an immersive experience that brings the audience to the moment. Confusion and frustration are reflected in the eclectic when the soundtrack and the main character react in unison. Everyone else plays low-key tempered reactions to their immediate separation. Reluctance is rare, and occurs only in the naturalistic performances of David’s younger stern. Their naivety and innocence convey the distressing tone of this film and bring hope to a seemingly lost cause.
Killing two lovers is riveting in describing a universal truth that many recognize. People often make emotional and currently decided choices that come with a lifetime price tag. When the same people grow old together, reality kicks in and there is some remorse for the realization. Not of the love they had once shared, or of things that arose through their covenant, but of something more incomprehensible. An answer that is hard to spot even after David and Nikki have reached a solution.
For some, the tortuous pace of this introvert experience can beat them. There will be no announcements; closure is subjective and life goes on. This may be more of a reality than some audiences are happy with, but for others it may prove life-changing.
The killing of two lovers is in theaters and on request on May 14th.
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