Limerence is the new romantic comedy from writer/director Tammy Minoff, who was a guest on our show after the film’s New York premiere at the Soho International Film Festival, where it won Best Showcase Feature Film. Minoff also stars as the film’s main character Rosemary, proving herself to be a triple threat behind and in front of the camera.
Rosemary is an aspiring painter who moves to California where she meets Tom (Matthew Del Negro) and falls in love. She finds herself as romance, conflict and comedy ensue. The film is reminiscent of 90s romcoms like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Chasing Amy, but this film has something different: a female point of view. Even though romantic comedies have long been considered “chick flicks,” they are often told from the perspective of a male protagonist. Limerence is told from a woman’s perspective, and as a result shows us a side of romance and human relationships we don’t often see on screen.
As a writer, Minoff creates characters who are three dimensional and real. None of her characters are perfect, and that’s a big part of the movie’s charm. Rosemary is a flawed character. She loves being in love but has commitment issues. Tom is tall, handsome, and successful, but he’s also a serial dater who can’t remember the women he’s slept with. The authenticity of the characters is a testament to her writing and the actors who the who bring them to life. Minoff and Del Negro’s on-screen chemistry is palpable; we believe their love story, flaws and all.
The ensemble cast is exceptional with each role feeling fully realized. May (Jennifer Lafleur) and Don (Evan Arnold) are that couple you’ve met at a dinner party. They put on a great show in public, but you feel like they’ll be arguing on the car ride home. Leo (Billy Aaron Brown) is your friend from college who you want to watch cartoons and get high with on Sunday morning. The hippies that Rosemary stays with are goofy and a bit clownish, but their absurdity serves as a contrast to Rosemary making her seem more grounded and relatable.
Cinematographer Chloe Weaver’s use of natural light provides a stunning backdrop for the action. The word limerence defines that period of infatuation in a new love affair, and her depiction of sunset walks along the beach and hand holding capture the meaning beautifully. Minoff and Weaver create the genuine moments of intimacy many films strive for but few achieve.
Limerence is a real indie film that relies on the foundation of a strong script and characters to build its narrative. It’s a shame more films like this aren’t seen on the big screen outside of film festivals anymore. If you’re tired of blockbuster superhero movies and would rather see a movie about people and relationships, I highly recommend this film. Limerence will be available on VOD in January 2020 and can be preordered now on iTunes.