‘Love Story’: Una Crítica de Película (A Film Review)

- October 9, 2012

"If you’re looking for the typical romantic comedy...this film directed by Florian Habiacht is definitely not for you."

This blog is written on behalf of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and will serve as an honest, unbiased review of a few films that will be screening this year. Hopefully, these reviews will inspire conversation and discussion amongst other viewers and encourage the overall appreciation and dissection of this art we call film.

Si lo que estas buscando es la tipica comedia romantica en la que chico conoce a chica, se enamoran, y vivieron felices para siempre, definitivamente, esta pelicula de Florian Habiacht no es para ti. Pero si lo que estas buscando es una historia de amor bonita, tierna y poco usual, la disfrutaras como el que mas. En el metro de Nueva york, un encuentro fortuito entre un hombre y una mujer dara lugar a una historia de amor poco usual, aunque en realidad sea el tipo de amor mas comun: el amor platonico. Ademas, la propia narracion del film no es la tipica aristotelica con una introduccion, un nudo y un desenlace. Habiacht va mas alla, tratando de entremezclar planos realmente curiosos, como conversaciones por webcam en lugares que rompen absolutamente con el resto de la estetica de planos de la pelicula en los que ocurre toda la historia principal; planos realmente coloridos y alegres. Incluso las acciones que ocurren en esos planos son nuevamente las mas platonicas e idealizadas que te puedas imaginar. Love Story te sumerge en una historia de amor que todo el mundo querria tener, aunque quizas para tenerla, haya que tratar de vivir en la realidad.

If you’re looking for the typical romantic comedy, where “once upon a time, a guy met a girl, they fall in love and they lived happy ever after,” this film by director Florian Habiacht is definitely not for you. If you’re looking for a pretty and cute love story though, join in. In a New York subway, a man and woman meet by chance, which will become a very unusual love story, though still the most typical, a platonic love. In addition, the narrative of the film is not the usual Aristotelian narrative structure; with an introduction, body and an end. Habiacht goes too far, trying to use different shots in the middle of the story, like talking through a web-cam in places which breaks the aesthetic of the rest of the shots of the film where the main story happens, where the shots are really colorful and cheerful. The action in these shots are the most platonic and idealized than you could have ever imagined. Love Story takes you to a love story that every one would like to have, but maybe to understand it, you should try to live it in real life.

Maria Costas Novo is a film major at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design from Spain. She is interested in everything cinema, espcially art films. Her favorite movies are those which you can never see enough times, becasue there is always something new to discover.