Spring is at the very least, interesting. A bit difficult to follow at times but ultimately a unique and slow-burning effort that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Featuring relative unknowns as its starring cast and a directing team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead who despite a few small, mostly unheard of films are still making a name for themselves. It seems with no egos to interfere everyone seemed open enough to make such an off-the-wall story. It is sincere and delicate at times when suddenly it takes a hard turn into horrific and grimy.
A man on the brink of an absolute breakdown takes an opportunity to get away from the shattered remnants of what was once his life and travels to Italy. Arriving on a whim decision to escape he has no idea what to do. He meets people, has some fun and then like a bolt of lightning he stumbles upon her. Sure she’s beautiful but he sees something more than just exotic beauty. He’s been around gorgeous women before but never anyone like her. Not knowing why but adamant that he had to meet her, he approaches and his whirlwind adventure in Italy officially begins. Persistence pays off and he gets a date with the pretty woman in the tight, red dress.
As time passes he begins noticing her odd, flaky behavior but attests her actions to being from another place. After a mere five days of being around her he believes beyond any reasonable doubt that his sudden love for her is real. It’s when he begins to pry into her life that her closely guarded secrets come into the light and his loyalty is put to the test like never before. We all have faults and weird habits and the idea is to find someone that looks passed these shortcomings and sees a normal person simply yearning for connection. However her secret may just be a bit too much for any man to accept but in the end they may not have a choice.
Spring is a hybrid of genres that when melded together create a fascinating oddity. Despite its heightened emotion and truly “out there” story, it still brings about questions relative to everyday people. Questions such as- When you experience a personal tragedy, a loss, what do you do? Do you continue on or fall and flail like a child? Is there such a thing as moving too quickly when it comes to matters of love? And beyond loss and love it makes more broad inquiries having to do with living life and what that means to each individual. While its story is at its most basic, science fiction, it’s also a personal look into moving on no matter that obstacle placed in front of you or the potentially burned bridges left smoldering behind you. In more ways than one it’s about being comfortable in one’s own skin.
Spring is without a doubt not for everyone. It is existentialism and gore mixed in a way that can only be described as bizarre but always absorbing. She possesses secrets that will shake her new suitor to his very core and if discovered by everyone would bring about a scenario too ghastly to imagine.
Unrated: Viewer Discretion Advised
Runtime: 109 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker
Directed By: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 3.5/ Directing: 4/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 4 Nerdskulls
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