A Love Song

A nice, short movie about a long overdue reunion.

I was in Colorado last Spring with my family and friends, and we really loved the scenery and life the state has to offer. It’s higher than my normal Jersey oxygen level, but I still was able to find the scope of it all, and see new things outside my reach.

But I didn’t start that in my review of “A Love Song” to brag. I started it, because I was able to see the humanity of a woman who camps near the Rockies. She tries to overcome the loss of her husband by helping some friendly folks with their troubles, reading books about birds and the stars, fishing for lobsters, and reuniting with a man she hasn’t seen in years.

It runs for an hour and 21 minutes, which is short, but it still is enough time for the main character to grasp her reality. Dale Dickey is exceptional in the role of Faye, who makes Colorado her first trip she’s taken since her husband’s death. And Wes Studi is sentimental as Lito, her childhood friend who reunites with her on the campsite.

These two characters reflect on their 10th grade camping trip, their passion for music, and how their respective lives have brought them in various aspects. They both have patience that eases us into their connection. In fact, the movie introduces them quietly with less dialogue, and the director says he “gave these characters the gift of silence with the knowledge that these roles would be played by two masters.” They do speak, bare in mind, but only when they need to or want to.

Looking back in recent memory, “Nomadland” was about a houseless woman who traveled through the American West looking for work and meaning in her life. And before that film, there was also “Leave No Trace,” which also featured Dickey, but was mostly about a PTSD-stricken Iraq War vet living in the forest with his daughter, who was able to see life the way he can’t. Both these movies were powerful in the ways they represent the melancholy lives of their characters.

“A Love Song” lacks the pure beauty and humanity of both those films, but it tries to be, as writer/director Max Walker-Silverman understands and sympathizes the woman and how she reflects on her life, and despite her sadness, never turns her back on anyone. It’s a kind movie that takes a short, but delicate time to allow us to acknowledge her direction in life.

Dickey and Studi both have chemistry without succumbing to those movie cliches about reunions. And believe me, this guy is no stalker or rapist or jerk in any way. In fact, these two have done nothing sinister in their youth. She’s lucky to reunite with him, as he is with her.

“A Love Song” is attractive inside and out, because of the gorgeous images and nice characters. I like to consider this movie as a little break from the harsh realities we all live in. It doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t condescend, and it doesn’t labor itself. It has a heart. Appreciate it.

I highly recommend you going to Colorado, and I recommend this movie, too.

Rating: 3 out of 4.

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Categories: Romance

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