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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Two of Us

Director: Filippo Meneghetti

Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Review: Two of Us

Just letting you know that this film, Two of Us, is in French with American subtitles being added for those who are viewing this film. This film was produced and released back in 2019 as part of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival but hasn’t been released to the public yet. In addition to this release, the film serves as an official French entry submission for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. Directed by Filippo Meneghetti, Two of Us is a French drama film that takes any loving couple to a place where no lover has gone before.

Two of Us focuses on two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, whom they have been secretly in love with for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until one day, an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.

German actress Barbara Sukowa (Syfy’s 12 Monkeys) stands up for the lead role as Nina Dorn while actress Martine Chevallier appears as Madeleine Girard, Dorn’s lover. Barbara Sukowa is a famed German actor and she is superb in her role. Though there is not much information about actress Martine Chevallier, she is a well-known actress in France for both movie and stage productions. Over the top, She and Sukowa both look like they are just simply having fun in the time of their lives as well as enjoying working together to see the true onscreen chemistry right there, which makes the movie even better.

Under the direction from Meneghetti, the filmmaking team provides a strong storytelling approach towards female characters as well as dropping down some notes on the difficult subject matter that makes the film very tender and smooth for viewers to relax and enjoy the film with heartwarming glee in their faces. Since the film is highly classified as a romantic, drama film, the director and the main two actresses knew how the dynamics of relationships work, giving the themes of LGBTQ, and the power of love can help anyone to overcome their difficulties to speak up and convey the truth.

Aside from the story, the cinematography and the characters are left ambiguous. The crew and the actress have to work extra hard on nailing down their roles with deeper perspective when it comes to crafting a serious, motion picture outing. My main honesty for this viewing is that the crew and the director have been studying romantic films and musicals for inspiration to craft a thunderous drama film that can be as difficult and emotionally touching than ever.

With all that hard work they put through in France, Two Of Us is a wonderful 95-minute drama film. The director and the two actresses deliver the goods in this craft-making piece. I think the story and the dire situations are very interesting to see about two loving women as a couple onscreen that deserves more attention than men. I really wish that there are more movies today that can be as tender and filled with oozing blossom. Coincidentally, this film would be perfect fit for Valentine’s Day if you’re in the mood for serious romantic films like this one right there.


(Review by Henry Pham)

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