Blue Jay (2016)

Mark Duplass has shown us time and time again that he’s a force to be reckoned with in the arthouse independent film scene. With movies such as Safety Not Guaranteed, The Puffy Chair, and Creep, Duplass has proven to be one of the best indie filmmakers of our generation. So when I heard he was starring in a movie alongside the amazing Sarah Paulson, I knew I immediately had to watch. And the movie doesn’t disappoint.

Mark Duplass plays Jim, a man packing up his old childhood home after his father passes away. While back in his hometown, he meets his old high school girlfriend Amanda, played by Sarah Paulson. And essentially the whole movie is them reconnecting and rekindling what they once had. It’s a very heartfelt movie, and what makes this movie are the performances. Mainly because there’s not really a script. The actors were given scenarios to follow, and through their amazing improv skills, they make a relationship that feels more realistic than most on screen romances I’ve seen. Every interaction feels organic. Every scene is so intimate and raw, that it feels like you’re spying on real people.

I can’t say much about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil too much, but this movie is full of a great deal of romance and heartbreak as we go through the day with Jim and Amanda. If you’re into romance movies, then this movie is definitely for you.

8/10

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