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

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Robert Machoian

Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy, Avery Pizzuto, Arri Graham, Ezra Graham
Executive Producer Clayne Crawford, Roger Fields, Robert Machoian, Oden Roberts, Melia Leidenthal
Producer Clayne Crawford, Scott Christopherson, Robert Machoian
Screenwriter Robert Machoian
Cinematographer Oscar Ignacio Jimenez
Editor Robert Machoian
USA 2020 84 min. 19+ Trailer | Review

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