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by Felicity (subscribe)
A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Published July 10th 2019
Rediscover love, it is an unexpected journey
An Unexpected Love, Spanish Films, Palace Cinemas.
An Unexpected Love


It can be hard to decide what type of film you are in the mood to see. There is the noise of so many great possibilities at the moment. Yesterday afternoon, I chose An Unexpected Love. It is hard to have expectations for this film. The description sounds straightforward and anyone's mind might jump to predictable conclusions.

An Unexpected Love at its heart is pure philosophic contemplation. Events unfold at life pace and you need to be in the right mood get full value from the experience. 3.40pm on a cold day was a great time to check in. The French title for this film is Retour de flame or return of the flame. This fittingly describes the passionate exploration of what people are searching for in a relationship.

We meet Ana (Moran Nuréda) and Marco (Darín Truman) at the airport. Cinematography and mise-en-scene establish their son, Luciano's importance in the space between them. The camera does not dominate the action. Space is given for a medium shot and voiceover to establish that this is all about the characters and what is on their minds.

I found the use of colour and the artistic design of the setting really carried the impact. The blue of Ana and Marco's home in many moods of lighting suggests the dominant role their love for their son plays in their life. The passionate red that Ana seeks solace and self-understanding in when paired with yellow light and costume, brings a breathtaking sense of life and transformation. This occurs without any showy drama and the conversational tone of the film gives the audience time to really think about the existential crises presented.

Much clutter exists between Ana and Marco. Their house reflects the noise. As they move on through different relationships, the unrenovated and empty spaces they pass through reflect the prospect of a life not yet made and also the discomfort of the unknown.

See this film for its beauty or see it to gain perspective on the convoluted confusion of what a relationship is or should be.
The end of this film will return you to the opening question. But it is not the closure of the story's events that give the most satisfaction; it is spending the time to really watch the evolution of human interaction. You will leave with a better understanding of yourself.

Masterfully directed by Juan Vera, this film shouldn't be overlooked on your must-watch list.
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