Sunday, March 30

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Love Eternal

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New England Premiere!

2013, Ireland, 94 min.
Director Brendan Muldooney
Screenwriter Brendan Muldooney
Cast Robert de Hoog, Pollyanna McIntosh, Amanda Ryan, Xenia Katina

Based on the Japanese novel In Love With The Dead by acclaimed author Kei Oishi, Love Eternal centers on an isolated and death-fixated young man trying to make sense of his existence.

Out on a walk in the woods, Ian, an introverted teenager, stumbles upon a girl his age hanging from a tree. Upon this traumatic sight, he locks himself up and refuses to leave his room. For many years, Ian lives a solitary existence. However, a second tragic event makes him put an end to his hermitage. The death of his mother, the one person who cared for him, forces him to begin his life anew… or put an end to it. Gripped by the belief that he has no place in this world, Ian decides to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. However, as chance would have it, Ian gets into his car and finds himself sitting next to the lifeless body of a young woman. Fascinated by her beauty as well as by her suicide note, Ian takes the corpse to his home and finds its presence surprisingly comforting. The young man wishes to relive this experience, knowing that there is only one way to do so. He starts reaching out to suicidal women, offering to accompany them in their fatal process. Thus begins an unexpected journey of initiation between life and death that will lead Ian to finally come into his own and, against all odds, to find love.

We don’t speak in uncertain terms when we profess that the Irishman Brendan Muldowney is a brilliant filmmaker. His feature film Love Eternaltestifies to the fact that he is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, an outstanding writer with an exceptional sense of mise-en-scène. Each of his compositions exudes a pure pictorial beauty that brings to mind the films of Terence Malick. On the other hand, his approach to genre recalls Tim Burton, what with talking corpses and a delightfully deadpan humor. Muldowney likewise excels in his meticulous and authentic account of human complexity. Even though he places skeptical characters in staggering situations, he nonetheless manages to tell a heart-rending story of universal resonance. In spite of its macabre theme, Love Eternalis first and foremost an ode to life and to the bonds that unite us.

— Simon Laperrière


The Tale of Love Suicide

The Tale of Love Suicide
Ken Hirata, 11 min.
Two lovers commit suicide by jumping off the top of a cliff. The man survives but somehow the woman has gone missing.

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  • Sunday, March 30 at 4:15 PM

Tickets $10, $8 Brattle Members. Brattle passes not accepted for festival screenings.