Not rated | Time: 1:30
Writers/directors Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen, lovers in real life, portray fictionalized versions of themselves in “Meet Me in Montenegro.” In Berlin, their characters attempt to rekindle a relationship years after she abruptly ended it in the Balkans three years earlier.
Critics are generally pleased:
▪ Dan Gvozden, Village Voice: “All of the standard clichés of indie romances — the quirky artist girl, anxiety-ridden guy, overwritten narration, and colorful montages of a couple wandering through far-flung locales — are at the bedrock of ‘Meet Me in Montenegro.’ … Still, the quiet honesty of (the couple’s) interactions and raw, often handheld camerawork wash away the film’s meandering pace and sometimes grating dialogue.”
▪ Craig J. Clark, The Dissolve: “What had the potential to be agonizingly twee — or, worse yet, a glorified home movie — proves much more substantive thanks to Holdridge and Saasen’s smart script and Robert Murphy’s fly-on-the-wall approach to shooting it.”
▪ Jerry, Chic Darling: It is romantic without possessing the mechanical elements contained within the genre. The destination may be familiar (even without the title), but the journey has some surprises in store.
(At the Glenwood Arts.)
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