The Killing of Two Lovers
In the first scene of Robert Machoian’s penetrating, anguished psychological drama, a man stands over the bed of a sleeping couple with murder in his heart. This is David (the riveting Clayne Crawford), husband to the sleeping woman, and father to their four young kids. A noise breaks the spell and he tears himself away from the scene without pulling the trigger. But the entire movie is built on this deep torment: David’s love for Nikki (Sepideh Moafi) wrestling with his rage at her new relationship with Derek (Chris Coy). What makes The Killing of Two Lovers so powerful - and troubling - is that, most of the time, Crawford makes David a deeply sympathetic character: he’s never going to make a ton of dough, but the way he interacts with his children, with his ailing father, even with his ex, it’s obvious he’s a sensitive and caring man capable of seeing both sides of an argument. That is, when he’s not holding a gun in his hand.
Set in a starkly empty, chilly Utah town, and filmed with impeccable control by DP Oscar Ignacio Jimenez in the unfashionable Academy ratio, this is more of a character study than a thriller, but it’s utterly gripping all the same.
"A transfixing drama without a wasted word or a single inessential scene." David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Fast-moving and slow-burning by turns, The Killing of Two Lovers suggests that real life — and real drama — so often unfold in the in-between moments, in the anticipation rather than the actual execution of the next move." Justin Chang, LA Times
Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy, Avery Pizzuto, Arri Graham, Ezra Graham
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