Love Is Love Is Love: The BRWC Review
Eleanor Coppola, wife of revered directed Francis Ford Coppola has had a long career as a documentary maker herself, chronicling the films behind the scenes that her husband has made over the years. However, as of late Mrs. Coppola decided that the time was right to get into directing feature films.
Paris Can Wait was an original idea that served as a light and pleasant film to watch over a Sunday afternoon as the audience watched the sights of Paris and felt good about themselves and all was well. Coppola’s next venture is a trilogy, an anthology of three short films called Love is Love is Love which is about three sets of people and the different relationships that they have.
In Two for Dinner, Joanne (Joanne Whalley) and Jack (Chris Messina) are a married couple who are having trouble being in the same place at the same time due to Jack’s constant work on film sets. They find the time to go out for a date, but it’s over a video call but nonetheless they get dressed up and find a fancy restaurant each and try to make things work.
In Sailing Lesson, John (Marshall Bell) and Diana (Kathy Baker) are friends that are so comfortable with each other that John feels that he can complain to Diana about why he doesn’t have a girlfriend. The reasons start to become increasingly obvious, but so does Diana’s love for John although the only one that doesn’t realise it is him.
And finally in Late Lunch, Caroline (Maya Kazan) brings her mother’s friends together including Anne (Rosanna Arquette), Mary Kay (Rita Wilson) and Nancy (Cybill Shepherd) as they reminisce and reflect after Caroline’s mother has died.
However, besides the set up for these stories, there seems to be something missing from all of them. It seems that by the time they’ve seemed to get going then they finish. The story between John and Diana is sweet and endearing and probably has the most weight to it but it doesn’t last too long. The story between Joanne and Jack is similarly charming and they have great chemistry, but it sadly ends predictably leaving the audience wondering whether it’s supposed to be funny or bittersweet.
Finally, the meeting of Late Lunch feels like being invited over to a relative that you barely know and watching as they all have a better time than you. Love is Love is Love is a light, Sunday afternoon type movie and maybe that’s what Eleanor Coppola is going for. However, audiences may be disappointed as they may have been anticipating more.
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