Love Etc.

Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 8:48 am . By Dr Joy .

Love Etc.

JOY REVIEW

Love, Etc. is one of those documentaries that you think you’ve seen before because it’s five stories in one city about love and some of the graphics are pretty cute. I know, you’re thinking, “uh oh,” but hang in there. This is actually a really good documentary that’s really not a documentary at all. I mean, it’s a documentary in that it’s real people as opposed to actors and it’s a documentary in that it has a point of view, but it really is kind of a look at love. The film has five couples: one couple that has been married for 48 years and the wife has dementia, which is sort of the Love Everlasting story. Then we have a couple who fall in love for the first time with each other and they’re just 18-year-olds at prep school and he’s from Brazil. Then there’s a guy who’s divorced with two kids and looking for love in all the wrong places. Then there’s the starting a family story, but it turns out the guy is gay, which is really very sweetly done. And finally, there’s a couple from India who are planning their wedding and we see their engagement and the family and the wedding and sort of suffer through them with it. I mean, it’s a very well edited documentary and you care about the people enormously and there’s some brilliant editing that goes from a scene of one to the scene of another without it being too obvious or too precious.  I really liked this a lot in terms of things to think about and not being a Hollywood version of love, so I’ll give it four and a half stars.

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