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January 29, 2019
The storyline is nonlinear. It begins in the past, the time when two people boy/girl or boy/boy or girl/girl the feeling is the same. in fact, the writer/director tells your story (the viewer), and that is what makes this film so genius and so difficult to watch. The audience slowly watches a relationship end as one would be watching the coffin of someone you love being slowly covered with dirt. The lead character is flawed yet there is something noble about him. If anyone has read short stories "The Doll House", it's actually a play, but while the storyline is different, the main thematic unfolding of oneself, the unfolding that we all come to feel. There was a moment sometime at the beginning of their relationship when their discovery of one another lifted both of them up, hands and fingers touching during a time that defies gravity. Mark needs that feeling once again, he isn't able to grow with life because most of the time, life for Mark is a pretense. And no matter how likable or how unlikeable he is, Mark's character is a mirror for the viewer. I know this is a great movie because the audience isn't ready to swallow this serving of reality... the viewer is locked into watching to the end because you need to know how the story ends for Mark and Jonah, only because it was like watching a movie about your life... what we find is that we may not always get what we want, but we all get what we need and sometimes but not always, what we deserve.
June 29, 2017
Beautifully shot and acted film. I found that although I wasn't sure where it was going -- I couldn't stop watching or being intrigued as to how this was going to play out.

A couple facing a downturn in their relationship is looking to rekindle their romance. This happens in most relationships. You have highs and lows. I've found that you have to endure the inevitable lows to return to the highs. The highs will surely return if you can weather the lows.

That said, this is their story and watching it play out is worth the watch. I like the way the issue of being an actor was tackled. The reality is a life of rejection. A subject played out eloquently in this film.

The way the car was always going through the car wash seemed it could be a metaphor for the fact that keeping a clean car was of importance but dealing with relationships -- what counts, takes a back seat.

I could see many different levels in this film. I believe it's a deeper film than it's surface would have you believe.

Worth a watch!!
June 7, 2017
La tipica historia, sin relevancia
½ May 15, 2017
Beautifully shot film that starts out slow but picks up as it unfolds. It deals with a couple that are struggling with being with each other: the beginning of the end to the relationship. Mark treats Jonah like shit. I leaned more towards the Jonah character. I felt sorry for the guy! The ending was beautifully done: making ties with each other!
½ September 21, 2016
Hard to think of a less talented writer-director-actor than Philipp Karner. This should be studied by flim students as a vanity project gone bad-- what NOT to do. Praying that before Karner's wealthy funders fund his next film, they wake the fuck up and redirect their funding to a cause that's actually worthy, like saving the whales.
½ June 15, 2016
Extremely slow-moving. Not believable.
Super Reviewer
March 27, 2016
Nicely underplayed and unmelodramatic film about the beginning of the end of a relationship - - one that is unfairly but utterly realistically weighed. Lead character Mark (played by Philipp Karner who also wrote & directed the film) is massively flawed yet somehow always likeable even when doing unlikeable things, and the viewer roots for him and what's him to make the right decisions. Like You Mean It won't change the world, but it is beautifully shot, very well acted & written, absorbing, and ends perfectly.
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