Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Movie review: Long Nights Short Mornings

 Long Nights Short Mornings examines the romantic life of a young man in New York City and the series of meaningless encounters he has with diverse women.

Shiloh Fernandez (James), Ella Peck (Katie), Paten Hughes (Monica), Layla Khosh (Sarah), Christine Evangelista (Natalie), Cassandra Freeman (Anna), Helen Rogers (Lorraine), Stella Maeve (Lily), Natalia Dyer (Marie).

Long Nights Short Mornings follows young New Yorker, James, as he has a series of intimate encounters with a diverse group of women. While it could be said he is looking for meaning in his life and relationships, the encounters he has are less than fulfilling or even problematic. Since there isn't much character or plot development in the film, nor do we even really understand how James feels, the film ends up translating as nothing more than a disappointing adult film with a few hints at depth that are never explored.

Acting was mediocre at best. Fernandez came across as completely unauthentic, leaving us wondering why anyone would look at him as a good casual encounter choice. Peck, Hughes and the other women he engages with all did fairly well, though their characters felt somewhat unrealistic.

Camera work was okay, though the darker tone didn't make much sense at times. Sets and backgrounds were mild but good. Dialogue was choppy, lacked real depth, and added little to the storyline. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

While there are some drooling over Long Nights Short Mornings simply because it is an "Indie film", there just isn't much story here. If you enjoy hearing a young man tell of his intimate conquests you might enjoy this one. If you are looking for any kind of a point, forget this one and move on.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 6.21.17
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Romance, Drama, Independent Drama, Romantic Drama, Indie films

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