Do I love you?


Writer-director Lisa Gornick stars in this charming and offbeat romantic comedy, which takes a wry look at London lesbian life.
Our narrator Marina (Gornick), is caught in the midst of a 30-something crisis, after breaking up with girlfriend Romy (Raquel Cassidy). She starts to question her entire life, embarking on a philosophical journey to make sense of her intricately woven community of lovers, family and friends. As she cycles through London looking for answers, chance encounters with friends, ex-lovers and the occasional stranger present her with an ensemble of people, all stumbling through crises of their own.
This is a sparkling, philosophical comedy about life and all the questions it throws at you, and a vibrant exploration of love, life and its labels.

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Quirky and offbeat, this London romantic comedy is endearing and enjoyable … even as it becomes rather irritating! It centres on one relationship amid a spidery network of friendships and liaisons. Marina (Gornick) is in a period of self-examination, wondering why she’s a lesbian and whether she wants children. She’s toying with the idea of getting pregnant even if it means infidelity to her girlfriend Romy (Cassidy), who is herself flirting with an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, their circle of friends and exes are also entwined in love chaos, seeking approval even though they all know they’re guilty of betrayal. Guilt, blame and trust all play a vital role in that happens for each woman. (The men are fairly irrelevant!

The performances are all so natural that we believe every scene and character fully. It’s lively and funny and very sharply written and played. The big problem is that it’s impossible to keep all the characters straight. There are at least 15 female characters all involved in various relationships and none of them are simple (besides Marina’s terribly understanding parents). And as the film skips around between the plot threads, it loses its focus by trying to include pretty much every conceivable wrinkle. This has the reverse effect, making the film feel superficial and padded out with extra characters and scenarios. If Gornick had stayed more centred on Marina and her own quest, the film might have carried more of a punch. It’s still a fairly charming rom-com about the compulsive nature of cheating. But perhaps she should have taken her superb central thesis more to heart: Don’t deconstruct love so much that you lose it


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