Watched a romantic comedy this morning. Released in 2014 and written and directed by Stelana Kliris (“Hope”, “The Fiddler”) the movie is titled “Committed”.
The film opens with George (Orestes Sophocleous – “The Bletchley Circle”) standing next to his vintage open-top Mercedes whilst having a terse conversation with his girlfriend on his mobile phone.
George is clearly lost and unsure of his way around Cyprus, where the film is set. The cinematography is beautiful and really makes the best of the scenery and locations.
During his aimless drive through the countryside George – who we learn is having commitment issues with his aforementioned girlfriend and under pressure to propose – spots a woman walking alongside the road wearing a wedding dress, and offers her a lift.
The woman, we later learn is named Eva (Melia Kreiling – “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, “X Moor”), tells George that she is supposed to be getting married but isn’t sure she wants to go through with it.
So it is that the runaway bride joins George on his road trip and the pair travel around Cyprus exploring ideas of the true nature of love – is it a real emotion or is it a chemical reaction? – whilst encountering some goats and an abandoned puppy.
It seemed obvious to me where the story would take us as soon as George met Eva, and I was almost right! There is, in fact, a twist in the tale – which to be fair is hinted at in the film’s title – which made this film less routine than it might otherwise have been.
For the vast majority of the movie there are just the two characters on screen – with George having various telephone conversations with girlfriend, best mate and mother – and for the most part they keep the viewer’s attention well. Sophocleous does a reasonable job as George, though is a little stilted at times, but Kreiling is far more assured in her role as Eva.
While not the best romantic comedy in the world, “Committed” is nonetheless an entertaining movie made on a small budget with funding raised through crowd-funding website indiegogo.com that makes a decent stab at presenting and exploring ideas of love and madness and, as I said, makes the most of the filming locations. Worth a viewing for sure…