One of our favourite films we saw at a festival last year was LOVESONG, so much so that we named it in our best films of 2016. Now So Yong Kim’s bittersweet and melancholy testament to love is getting a theatrical release in the US on 17 February from Strand Releasing.
From the director of For Ellen, So Yong Kim’s follow-up LOVESONG delicately explores the intimacies of a relationship beyond definition. Sarah (Riley Keough) is a young mother neglected by her husband, and so heads out on a road trip with her daughter and free-spirited college friend Mindy (Jena Malone). However, the long unspoken connection between Mindy and Sarah comes out during a drunken night. It’s a connection they get a chance to explore years later in less than ideal circumstances.
Originally debuting at Sundance Film Festival in 2016, it had Australian screening at the Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival through June and July last year. Our review called it a “bittersweet love story that defies convention, focusing on the intimate moments between two strong female leads.”
Malone has been ruling indie screens for the past 12 months, also appearing in The Neon Demon and Nocturnal Animals. Similarly, Keough has gone from strength to strength since her previous collaboration with writer Bradley Rust Gray (Jack and Diane), starring in Mad Max: Fury Road, American Honey and TV’s The Girlfriend Experience in the last few years.
Now excuse us while we watch this trailer again and cut some onions.