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Wander Darkly: A Tale about Life, Death and Everything in Between

In the vein of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a couple (Matteo (Diego Luna) and Adrienne (Sienna Miller)) is struggling in their relationship after dealing with the pressure of the arrival of their first baby and the endless payments on a mortgage they can barely afford. But a car crash will force them to put things in perspective.

Told in a non-linear way and with a blurry line between reality and imagination, Matteo and Adrienne will relive their love story and remember what made them fall in love in the first place. But since memories are just a subjective interpretation of what really happened, Matteo and Adrienne will encounter many discrepancies along the way, proving once more that there are three truths to every tale; yours, mine…and the actual one.

The movie does a really good job of portraying LA as a diverse melting pot of cultures. Matteo from Mexico and Adrienne from LA are two opposites who find themselves on a rooftop on the east side, overlooking DTLA. The attraction is unquestionable, but their social status and cultural differences are too. Adrienne, an art gallery manager with very opinionated parents, and Matteo a wood carpenter who’s estranged to his family after his mother died, will navigate the waters that many inter-cultural and/or interracial couples deal with daily. Their methods are a bit different though…because it happens a bit too late.

After a fatal car accident that leaves Adrienne in a limbo of sorts, she struggles to find peace with the current situation; is she in some sort of purgatory? The film does a really good job at portraying this uncertainty; as an audience, you struggle with Adrienne too and you really don’t know if she is in purgatory trying to amend some of her mistakes, or if she is just going through some PTSD until the end. I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll just have to watch it for yourself!

Real or not, their journey through love is as real as it gets, reminding us that sometimes to overcome any crisis with our loved ones, the only thing we have to do is recall with them what made us fall in love with each other in the beginning – a practice we shouldn’t wait to employ until a tragedy hits us.

Beautifully shot by DP Carolina Costa and directed by Tara Miele, the movie will take you to charming LA corners and Mexican beaches at dawn. A definite must-watch during this quarantine. Wander Darkly is now available in theaters and on-demand.

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