TrustMovies has been waiting over a decade for writer/
director Boaz Yakin (shown below) to give us something as special -- different, thought provoking, entertaining -- as his 1998 melodrama A Price Above Rubies. Although Remember the Titans (2000) was the bigger box-office hit (followed by the silly Uptown Girls (2003), that earlier movie about a Jewish wife's simultaneous sepa-
ration from her cad-
dish husband and entry into the world of jewelry design proved so well-told and acted (Renée Zellweger's performance as the wife was a career-maker) that it remains memorable and every bit as watchable today as ten years ago. Yakin's best work (Fresh, "Rubies" and now DEATH IN LOVE) bears his mark as a worthwhile screenwriter and filmmaker, eeven if his directorial work-for-hire has ranged from proficient to rather ordinary.
Death in Love is anything but ordinary. From its first few frames, the viewer is put on notice. We're in Nazi-ville once more, with a pretty young Jewess who has an "appointment" with a German doctor. As we travel the hallway of the camp, gliding past one "experiment" after another, the "quease" factor bubbles up and we want to bolt for the exit. We don't. The movie is already slightly hypnotic and, besides, one should give any film more than three or four minutes to take hold. At this point, our girl meets the doctor, who demands her camp "number" and, a moment later, takes a better look at her. "Why are you smiling?" he asks, and her answer pushes us over the brink into the rest of this upsetting but original film.
Death in Love, released via Screen Media Films, opens Friday, July 17, in New York City and Los Angeles. A further nationwide limited release is hoped for, I should think. In any case, the movie will certainly appear eventually on DVD.