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Published May 30th 2020
Navigating through love & heartbreak & caught in a triangle
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A film by Drake Doremus, Endings, Beginnings stars Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan. Woodley is all grown up since Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars and of course, we are well aware of Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan aka Christian Grey; most recently in Robin Hood. If you've been a fan of superhero movies, you might remember Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes in Captain America.

This trio is the main cast in the film that's 110mins long and rated MA. A 30-something Daphne (Woodley) is finding her way and herself as she navigates through love, heartbreak and family over the course of a year. Confronting what is a recent traumatic experience for her, she finds hope in the most surprising way. Director/Writer/Producer Drake Doremus has consistently captivated audiences with his specific brand of emotionally honest cinema and he continues this trend in this film successfully.

This film is available to rent via Foxtel Store from May 23 and On Demand from July 15 2020 via multiple platforms - Google Play, iTunes, Fetch TV, Telstra Bigpond, Sony (Playstation Network), Microsoft & Quickflix.

Woodley shows her multi-faceted talent in being able to seamlessly transition between genres eg drama, action, comedy - with ease and her performance as an artist who breaks up with her longtime boyfriend is sublime. She's a force to be reckoned with as a sensual, vulnerable being still working things out for herself.

Northern Irish born Dornan as Jack is the sensible, stable equation of this love triangle. Having received critical acclaim for his portrayal in both film and television, he takes a bit of a back seat to Woodley who captivates you throughout the film.

Sebastian Stan as Frank conjures that bad boy in the triangle, albeit in pain, and oozes with all the sexuality required in the tease in attracting Daphne, who meets both Frank and Jack at one of her sister's parties not realising they're good friends. They are both enormously attractive to her in different ways and draws out different parts of her personality and they are both drawn to her enormously. This is not helping with Daphne swearing off alcohol and men.

This may sound like a cliche love triangle and the film doesn't the time to develop its characters, however, it's very watchable as it delves into the romantic drama with sex scenes that are frank but not explicit, yet nonetheless a little hot and steamy. The performances are grounded in their moment of reality with nothing forced or pushed. Frank as the player with his irresistible, stolen one line texts could make the heart skip a beat. However, Woodley is the star of the show, as she raises the bar in every scene.

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