SPRING proves a most rewarding movie experience. Written and directed by a twosome fairly new to film -- Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead -- their movie makes up in originality and specificity what it sometimes lacks in slickness and pacing. It is first and foremost a tale of genuine love, of a young man toward a woman he is just beginning to know. On her part, this may be something new in her very old existence, but it proves strange and important enough to struggle with.
Lou Taylor Pucci (below, right), an actor whose depths we're only beginning to discover, and a German actress new to TrustMovies named Nadia Hilker (below, left), of whom, after her work here, we are sure to be seeing more.
Polignano a Mare (below), where our hero, Evan (Mr. Pucci) arrives knowing none of the locals and little Italian. This actor has always has a knack for playing vulnerable, sweet guys, and he is using it again here. In Spring, however, he couples it to a strength both physical (he wins that bar fight) and moral. Evan is a decent guy faced with a difficult dilemma. Oh, boy, is it difficult.
Drafthouse Films and on VOD from FilmBuff, unrated and running 109 minutes -- opens this Friday, March 29, in a dozen cities across the country (here in NYC, it plays the Cinema Village; in the L.A. area it's at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas), and the following Friday, March 27, it will hit another nine. Throughout April it will reach most of the country's other major areas. You can see all the currently scheduled playdates by clicking here and scrolling down. However you choose to view it -- in a theater or via VOD -- do view.