Monday, August 28, 2017

LGBT Film Review: Loev (2015)

Synopsis (from IMDB):

A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each question what love is and what it means to them.

My Review:

This was so powerful and moving. Even though it may seem like a typical "doomed" love story, Loev was far from being predictable. That this film takes place in India where homosexuality is still criminalized, and where LGBT films from there are so rare in general, is not the only thing that makes this movie so special. It's the authenticity in the acting, in the natural bond that the two characters share. There is an intense rape scene that is almost hard to watch, but how the two pick up the pieces was stunning. It's already a tragic story made all the more tragic by how the actor who plays Sahil passed on from tuberculous at 29 when the film was in post-production. The intensity of the acting and emotions aside, for once, there's a raw and gritty drama that doesn't take us to the exotic imagery or slums of India like most movies of this ilk do. There's no pandering, there are no stereotypes, Loev is about two every-day professional and financially successful Indian men who're in love, where it isn't about them being at odds with religion or even with their country, but them trying to keep their friendship, professional lives, and romantic desires in tact. This was a breath of fresh air, truly, in more ways than one.

* Currently on Netflix *

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