Top 100 Films Of The 2010’s – #64 – Spring (2014)


RELEASED: 22nd May 2015

DIRECTORS: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

CAST: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Grazia Daddario, Vanessa Bednar, Shane Brady, Holly Hawkins, Vinny Curran, Jeremy Gardner, Nick Nevern, Chris Palko and Francesco Carnelutti

BUDGET: N/A

BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $0.04m

AWARDS: None

A young man in a personal tailspin flees from US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harbouring a dark, primordial secret.

 

Spring follows the story of Evan, a young twenty-something male whose mother passes away and after a ‘minor’ incident leads to him losing his job on the day of her funeral and also puts him on the cops and ‘victims’ radar, Evan decides to grab a plane and make way for Italy. Drifting along the way he comes across local named Louise, who he becomes fixated with due to her beauty and mysterious nature and decides to stay around to see what can spark between the two though he has no idea what’s in store.

 

Spring is an offering from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead that feels like a straight-forward romantic drama but that is not the case as the film progresses and become a romantic-body-horror genre hybrid. The cinematography from Moorhead is great here, particularly with its use of drone shots of the local Italian terrain, as well as the darkly lit cobbled streets in the night. The fairytale romance has a vibe similar to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, with Evan, a mentally broken American, travelling to Italy to find himself a new sense of purpose who then becomes infatuated with local woman Louise. It’s the chemistry between these characters and the performances by Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker that make the film, as their quirks make them natural foils for each other, with Evan as the naive yet angry young man attempting to win the affection of Louise, an outspoken yet distant femme fatale. It’s the dance of how they cane make the relationship work, particularly once Louise’s secret is revealed to Evan that can either make or break the film for viewers, but I was completely captivated by the story Benson and Moorhead were telling. The visual effects for the body horror are well handled with the limited budget and there’s also some pretty cool effects outside of that, particularly with Evan and Louise having a passionate embrace on the street, a flower blooms into focus. Lou Taylor Pucci giving a charming and likable performance as Evan and Nadia Hilker gives an enchanting performance as Louise.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: With immigration police looking to speak to Evan, he decides to call over to Louise’s to hideout there…only to find out her monstrous secret.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I’d still like to grab coffee or something, sometime. Because I think you’re the most attractive person I’ve ever seen. But that doesn’t outweigh that you might be a mental patient and I gotta make sure that you’re the kind of crazy I can deal with.” – Evan

DID YOU KNOW: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead claim they wrote the film as a counterpoint to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles in that it is about a creature who actually enjoys its strange condition.

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