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With Jim Sabatini


Riley Keough, Jena Malone and Jessie Ok Gray

Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: February 17, 2017 Released by: Strand Releasing

This subdued drama from So Yong Kim has an honest, unhurried, unsentimental quality about it that may be refreshing to discerning art-house cineastes around a holiday based on the importance of relationships.

The director and co-writer in a resistant, yet heartfelt Lovesong adroitly keys in on the bond of a young mother Sarah (Riley Keough of American Honey) and BFF Mindy (Jena Malone of The Neon Demon as well as the last three features in the dystopian saga starring Jennifer Lawrence).

Sarah's raising a high-maintenance three-year-old with an often absent husband and father due to a demanding business schedule which apparently allows for the opportunity to hit the road with a woman that broadens their closeness.

Feelings between them never are addressed as three years pass with little interaction at all. An unflappability in the portraits of the leads from what is unsaid to visage and the carnal leaves a deeper impression than expected. The approach in the storytelling to let the daily nuances naturally emanate in the milieu that Sarah and Mindy share. Familiar faces like Rosanna Arquette and Brooklyn Decker pop up in auxiliary turns, but they, along with Kim and her collaborators, give Keough and Malone the latitude to make Lovesong an often breezy, dreamy emotional cinematic experience.

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