Review: We Two

Written and directed by Grace Whitfield, a finale farewell of two lovers, Nina and Mia together in their once shared living room, now sparse of belongings. Starring: Grace Carter and Lynsey Murrell.

Grace Whitfield’s choice of style hits the nostalgia button immediately, mixed with a very soft and sentimental cinematography (by Felix Schmilinsky) there’s a wave of subtle yet powerful longing for a better time that crashes over its viewers. Its choices perfectly reflect the tone and feeling that its story is capturing. Super 8 is basically the epitome of home video and it quickly brings a strong atmosphere, although the film manages to retain its simultaneously modern feel while the format adds a palpable sadness.

The writing is a great example of creative storytelling that manages to move through a much larger story in an extremely brief amount of time. There’s no doubt in its clear, flowing emotion, and its message about how quickly things can change in a relationship and what they leave behind. It brings an artistic edge to a fairly classic tale of ending relationships. The emotions are only enhanced by its great choice of music, rounding out the experience well.

Each aspect of the film’s style undoubtedly works but only when combined as a whole with convincing emotional portrayals and that’s exactly what you get from Carter and Murrell. The two of them make an effortless couple and seamlessly bring about their separation. It would have been easy to continue watching these two for much longer than 3-minutes; if they can bring this much personality and presence in that time, it would be very interesting to see what they could do with more.

We Two uses creative storytelling to capture a larger story and emotional themes within only a handful of minutes. Carter and Murrell anchor the feeling and atmosphere that Whitfield’s style creates and each of the film’s elements work in harmony. It makes a hugely nostalgic and artistic impression then leaves you wanting more.

Verdict: ✯✯✯✯| 8/10

Reviewed as part of BFI Flare

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