What, exactly, gets Shia LaBeouf and Flying Lotus partnered on a documentary — as executive producer and composer, respectively — and even after watching the trailer for that collaboration, LoveTrue, I remain uncertain as to what we’re getting. But I am intrigued, thanks to a series of engaging images and, as far as I can surmise, some focus on a plurality of human experience.
That’s supported by a synopsis, which says helmer Alma Har’el employs “an atmospheric blend of follow-along footage, artful camerawork, and scenes depicting the past, present, and future of her subjects [to explore] the idea of ‘True Love’ by following three complicated, dysfunctional real-life relationships as they unfold in distinct corners of the country.” Not much is conceded in a preview compiled ahead of its Tribeca premiere, so here’s hoping that what leaves the greatest impression is a taste of what’s to come rather than a condensation of LoveTrue‘s finest moments.
Have a look below:
Using an atmospheric blend of follow-along footage, artful camerawork, and scenes depicting the past, present, and future of her subjects, Har’el explores the idea of “True Love” by following three complicated, dysfunctional real-life relationships as they unfold in distinct corners of the country. Alaskans Blake and Joel pursue a promising romance, in spite of his physical limitations and her uneasiness with her career as a stripper. In Hawaii, free spirit Coconut Willie discovers another side of true love after realizing his son is not biologically his own. And singer/songwriter Victory philosophizes on faith and faithfulness as she and her siblings perform in the streets of New York City accompanied by their father John, who was abruptly separated from his wife. Set to a hypnotizing score by Flying Lotus, using non-actors to play each’s subject’s younger and older selves LOVETRUE is a fascinating exploration about how our past and present experiences shape the decisions we make when the fantasy of “True Love” dissipates.
LoveTrue will premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.