Love Still
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Love Still

A sweet and simple look at love in its many forms.

DIRECTED BY GUZMÁN GARCIA (Uruguay, International Spectrum)
4 Stars


SCREENINGS:

Tuesday, April 30, 9 p.m.
Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West)

Thursday, May 2, 8:45 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

Saturday, May 4, 8:30 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)


In the hopes of making a documentary about love, Love Still director and writer Guzmán Garcia pointed his camera at the elderly patrons of a dance hall in Uruguay. While he expected that their collective wisdom would provide plenty of fodder for his film, what he discovered instead is that age is seemingly somewhat irrelevant when it comes to matters of the heart, and that romance is never quite as simple as one might expect, even after decades of marriage.

While simple in its structure (think When Harry Met Sally-style vignettes), this is a touching doc that eloquently portrays more than what Garcia first set out to capture. There is love, to be sure, but also loss, heartache, friendship, and intimacy, in all their various forms.

Garcia has done an excellent job of pinpointing his subjects’ emotions. Though all of the 11 stories he shares are brief, in every one something is captured—be it a look, phrase, or gesture—that seems to offer the viewer more than just a quick glimpse.


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