By Eli Wallace
Between standing in line and watching as many movies as possible, some of us are flat out exhausted from the fantastic 2015 Boulder International Film Festival. But soldier on, folks! Today is the last day, and also the last chance to vote for the People’s Choice Awards.
I haven’t finished watching, but my choice from yesterday would definitely be the ballad to love and impermanence, 5 to 7. Starring Anton Yelchin (known for his role as Chekov in the recent Star Trek reboot), the film follows the story of a struggling young writer (Yelchin) as he embarks upon a 5-to-7 affair (a French concept of a semi out-in-the-open affair that historically could only take place between 5 and 7pm) with a French diplomat’s wife. It’s one of the festival’s only feature length narrative films, and it proves Romantic Comedies–smart, , moving ones–aren’t dead.
If I have a bone to pick with the movie, its this: writers don’t have to be miserable to write. It’s a popular myth, and a romantic idea, but it’s also absurd. So if you are an aspiring writer, just know not to take much life advice from the film (seriously. Stop lighting stranger’s cigarettes in the hopes of an affair).
Despite this rub, I loved the movie. It’s a funny, literary ode to fleeting love, and it may or may not be the kind of movie written directly to people like me (book worms, writers, people who think smoking is romantic despite the heath risks). I already want to watch it again. Lucky for me, the film will be out in theaters on April 13, 2015.
Now I’ll have to find out if I’ll like today’s films even better. Song of the Sea, I’m looking at you.