Sarah (Riley Keough), a young mother, raises her precocious daughter in their country home while feeling abandoned by her husband, who perpetually travels for work. When Sarah’s old friend Mindy (Jena Malone) comes to visit, they decide to take a road trip, and after an alcohol-infused heart-to-heart, a long unspoken intimacy emerges between the longtime friends. Later Sarah is unable to articulate her thoughts about her husband or Mindy—and Mindy makes the decision to leave the trip and go home. Three years later, the two women are reunited for Mindy’s wedding (set on Nashville’s Cumberland River), and Sarah is forced to reconcile the reality of her feelings.
Sundance Film Festival alumna So Yong Kim (TREELESS MOUNTAIN, FOR ELLEN) delicately strips down the central relationship of LOVESONG using the poetics of naturalism and minimalism, where silence and gazes tell a more complete story than explicit dialogue. Keough delivers a beautifully understated and interior performance as Sarah, a woman suffocating in her isolation. Quietly cinematic and picturesque, LOVESONG is a bittersweet elliptical love story about muted desire and the gray area that can define a relationship.
“Anchored by Riley Keough’s lovely, wistful performance as a mom in her 20s who gets back in touch with an old childhood bestie (a sharp Jena Malone), LOVESONG makes a virtue of restraint as it traces a complex emotional history in two parts, and innumerable (and sometimes quite literal) shades of gray.” —Justin Chang, Variety “A carefully observed, nuanced character study beautifully written, directed and edited...a rare film of mature, emotional complexity anchored by two remarkable and beautiful performances.” —John Fink, The Film Stage
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