10.000 Km (2018)

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Writer: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet (Screenplay)

Starring: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer

 

Plot: Alex moves to Los Angeles for a new job; Sergi stays in Barcelona. They love each other, but maintaining a relationship through technology proves challenging.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful Relationship Drama

 

Story: 10.000 Km starts as we meet the two lovers in Barcelona, Alex (Tena) and Sergi (Verdaguer), Alex is offered a job in America, this would keep them away from each other for year and the difficult decision must be made.

As the year goes past the two must find ways to keep their love together, with daily updates to just what they are up to and imagining they are together for the couple’s moments, can they last the year with only technology to stay together.

 

Thoughts on 10.000 Km

 

Characters – Alex is the English photographer that gets an opportunity of a life time in America, which will take her away from her boyfriend for a year’s work, she can’t say no and wants to keep the relationship going. Sergi is the Spanish man that doesn’t want to stand in Alex’s way, he loves her and wants her to follow her dreams, knowing giving up a year is something he could manage. Each character must make difficult decisions and we see the processes they must go through.

PerformancesNatalia Tena and David Verdaguer are both wonderful to watch, they both bring everything that is needed for their characters with their chemistry which shows the strain they are meant to be feeling.

StoryThe story here shows how a couple who are madly in love must make a decision between a relationship or a career which will leave them 10.000 Km apart. This shows us how difficult it would be to maintain a relationship, how both sides know dreams must be followed and just how difficult love can be when you know you can’t live without the other person. The use of technology has clearly made relationships easier to hold together and this shows us just how it can work at times, even without the physical contact. The way the story is told is interesting because we jump through the days quickly, with some having almost nothing happening, while others have the important conversations the couple must have.

Comedy/RomanceThe romance in the film is the highlight because it shows us just how two people must try to make a relationship out of the distance they are apart however difficult they might believe it to be.

SettingsThe film uses to main settings the apartment in Barcelona and the one in LA, this shows us that outside these apartments the two must make a living, inside they can share the life through the computer screen as best they can.


Scene of the Movie –
Whisky.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Couple of just random scenes that show something as simple as a drink being poured.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful look at long distance relationships, how they can be difficult no matter how much you are in love, the leads give brilliant performances that shows in their chemistry even if things go slowly along.

 

Overall: Relationship drama that is one to be watching.

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Anchor and Hope (2018)

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Writer: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Jules Nurrish (Screenplay)

Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Charlotte Atkinson, Lara Rossi, Trevor White, David Verdaguer

 

Plot: Two women, Eva and Kat, and the best friend of one of them, Roger. A boat in the canals of London and a question: Is it possible to live love, family, and life in such different ways and yet remain united?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Authentic Look at Love

 

Story: Anchor and Hope starts as we meet our couple Eva (Chaplin) and Kat (Tena) who live in a boat on the canals of London, they are at a crossroads in their lives and their relationship as they are figuring out the next steps, Kat’s friend Roger (Verdaguer) joins them as the life questions get asked.

When Eva manages to convince Kat they should have a baby, the couple get Roger to be their sperm donor and now they must prepare for a future with a potential baby even if their methods are not the most medically actuate.

 

Thoughts on Anchor and Hope

 

Characters – Eva is one half of the couple, she wants to have her own child and is pushing her girlfriend to consider starting a family, she doesn’t want to follow the normal and keep her free spirit identity. Kat is the partner who is enjoying the life of just the two of them, not wanting to start a family, but will make that sacrifice for the one she loves. The two have great chemistry and you do believe their relationship. Roger is the old friend of Kat that joins them in, he becomes the choice to be the sperm donor and stays around to make sure they couple get what they want.

PerformancesOona Chaplin and Natalia Tena are both fantastic in the lead roles, they show us great chemistry between them, they hit the emotional range they must go through during the film and make us believe we are watching two-real people. David Verdaguer is good too through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young lesbian couple and their friend who are trying to just enjoy life while escaping responsibilities, making big life decisions and being happy. We follow a stage of their life as they prepare to make a big decision which will test them more than ever. The story makes us feel like we watching a real relationship with real decisions being made which is always refreshing. My only negative is left wondering just how they live this sort of life in the first place, we don’t get any sort of indication that they have jobs or anything.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film works for the most part, we have moments or enjoyment that will get a laugh or two from the audience, the romance shows us just how difficult relationships can be for anyone involved.

SettingsThe film is set in and around the canals in London, what makes the settings feel completely natural is how the scenes are shot with what seems like natural everyday life going on behind them.


Scene of the Movie –
The canal cruising is always beautiful to watch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Trying to figure out how they afford this life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful story of love between two people that need to learn to grow together for one of the biggest decisions of their life.

 

Overall: Love story that feels real.

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