Director: Drake Doremus Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley Running time: 90 mins
Subject: Rather than write a script, Doremus wrote a series of outlines and let his two stars improvise their way through their characters’ romantic predicament. English Anna (Jones) overstays her student visa for the love of American boyfriend, Jacob (Yelchin), and is subsequently banned from returning to the States. The dynamic between the lovers is exceptionally natural, Jones is charming, Yelchin – gentle and for a film about a photogenic young relationship, their attachment is refreshingly not based on sex. The inevitable difficulties that follow the pair being separated by an ocean are shaped in such a uniquely personal way that watching sometimes feels like an intrusion.
Like: Blue Valentine with softer characters.
Core truth: Love is crazy and people are strange.