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Mia and Dan are neighbors who’ve by no means met. But they’re nonetheless fairly acquainted with each other since the skinny flooring that separates them does not fairly muffle the sounds in every of their residences. And in this world, sounds may be captured and “trapped” in containers, forming potent portals into previous recollections and feelings.
But they lastly meet when Dan approaches Mia with a suggestion: he desires to commerce some sounds of his life in change for a really particular — and extremely private — one of hers. As they “barter” and discount, they revisit the recollections which have outlined their romantic histories — and maybe reckon with the unresolved emotions they provoke.
Co-directors Seth and Ben Epstein’s gently surreal dramedy — co-written by Seth Epstein and Ryan Dowler, who additionally wrote the play that the movie is tailored from — begins in a quietly quotidian manner, on a morning that appears another. But as these neighbors speak, the central conceit of the movie unfurls with each a matter-of-factness and a sublime but evocative simplicity, as their characters speak over a attainable commerce of sounds, which they’ve captured in humble Tupperware containers.
The basis of the movie is the writing, which parlays the nearly sci-fi thought of captured sounds right into a considerate, humorous meditation on reminiscence, longing, loss and letting go. Each sound that Mia and Dan speak over is extremely particular in its ordinariness, harvested from the seemingly incidental moments and experiences of life.
But as Mia and Dan share the which means behind these sounds, in fantastically wealthy dialogue, the storytelling elevates the humble and marginal into one thing extraordinary and wealthy with feeling and reminiscence. The visuals, too, stability the pressure between the on a regular basis with the heightened, rendering Mia and Dan’s world with gentle and shade that is naturalistic, luminous and melancholy unexpectedly — qualities that really feel very very similar to the story itself.
This richness of reminiscence is one thing that Mia and Dan grapple with, as rifling via their sound containers spark reveries and reflection. Dan in explicit reveals a wrestle to let go of previous recollections, and he hopes one of Mia’s sounds can assist him get via this explicit private abyss. Actor Marco Joseph traverses his character’s arc with a fascinating allure masking a profound disappointment, and actor Lee Eddy’s sharp, observant pragmatism — and the tough-minded compassion she exhibits Dan — opens up new area inside them each, permitting two seemingly completely different characters to attach in a deeply human, empathetic manner.
“Something Like Loneliness” has the imaginative playfulness reminiscent of filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, the place the creative narrative gadgets supply the alternative to discover the distinctive archaeology of reminiscence, emotion and selfhood. At coronary heart, the query of how a lot we maintain onto the previous — and how a lot it does or doesn’t form us — is exclusive to people. “Something Like Loneliness” makes an attempt to limn this delicate, beautiful stability, with storytelling that has each a gossamer-light whimsy and an undertow of wistfulness.
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