Riley Keough shined in her supporting role in Honey, but Lovesong ups her to the primary player, staring as a frazzled young mom that’s often left alone with her daughter. When an old friend played by Jenna Malone comes to visit, their bond changes in a way neither of them expected.
Director and co-writer So Yong Kim has a tendency of making wispy dramas that leave much in the subtext, and Lovesong looks like it will continue that trend. This sort of film will never be a huge hit, but with stars like Keough and Malone, the film should have a bigger profile than Kim’s previous features.
Supporting their performances is a score by frequent Denis Villeneuve collaborator Jóhann Jóhannsson, which nicely fills out the key roles for these understated dramas. The interplay between the score and the actors are often relied upon to communicate unspoken dilemmas, and with seasoned pros like those three, the minimalist writing of Kim and partner Bradley Rust Gray should shine.
Lovesong drew strong praise after its debut at 2016’s Sundance Film Festival, and while it will enjoy only a small theatrical release, it looks like a gem worth tracking down.
Lovesong is directed by So Yong Kim and stars Riley Keough and Jena Malone. It will be released in the U.S. on February 17th, 2017. Further release dates are not currently known.
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