Love Sarah: The BRWC Review

Love Sarah: The BRWC Review

Love Sarah: The BRWC Review.

For a movie that is measured in pace, it’s a surprisingly enchanting journey, like a slow float downstream. Love, Sarah (dir. Eliza Schroeder) is an uplifting tale about keeping memory alive through things that connect us to the past.

The titular character is almost completely absent from the film, however the space she leaves is the central point from which the other characters rotate around, dancing and bumping in to each other as they try to make sense of her untimely loss.

The three women closest to her – her daughter, mother and best friend, decide to open up a bakery in Sarah’s honour, as was always her plan. Complex intergenerational ties prove new pastures, and pastries, for all involved.

Considering it’s a movie about delicious, colourful baked goods, it’s remarkably bleak on the palate. But it’s clearly a stylistic choice to show the overlay of grief hanging over everyone. As they mourn, move on and start to smile, the movie actually gets more colourful and more bright, which is a subtle choice reflective of the gentleness of the film.

Admittedly, it can be a bit too slow. Sometimes grief can’t be rushed, but storylines can. However, I found myself surrendering to it and enjoying the slow burn of the character development – but a slightly faster story would have been an improvement.

New players enter and shake things up, adding vibrancy and most importantly humour to the kitchen, café and lives of the three central characters. The slow smiles that eventually come over their faces is a satisfying pay off. 

Overall this movie had everything you’d want in a delicious treat – comfort, joy, and care. A perfect watch on a rainy afternoon while tucking in to something tasty.

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Lauren Turner is an Australian media specialist and keen cinephile. She loves Robert Eggers and can be found at her local offbeat cinema in Melbourne.


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