Between Love & Goodbye

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Between Love & Goodbye Review


Between Love & Goodbye has everything a downtown New York indie flick should have: a sham green card marriage, real estate complications, a starving actor, a struggling band, and one angry lesbian. In the middle of the maelstrom, a young and painfully good-looking gay couple tries to make their relationship work, but with so many distractions, it'll be hard to hold their relationship together.

French immigrant and wannabe actor Marcel (Justin Tensen) is madly in love with his boyfriend Kyle (Simon Miller), a wannabe musician who plays gigs around the East Village. In order to stay in the U.S., Marcel fake marries their lesbian friend Sarah (Jane Elliott), and it looks like happily ever after is about to begin. Unfortunately, Kyle's troubled transsexual hooker sister/brother April/Cole (Rob Harmon) reappears after a year out of the picture and needs a place to crash. No New York apartment is big enough to be shared with a transsexual hooker, especially such a manipulative and malevolent one who keeps going back and forth from boy to girl.

Marcel can't take it, noting, as he says, that "blood is thicker than water," and he quickly realizes that Kyle will always side with Cole/April against him, which is just how Cole/April wants it. As Kyle plays more gigs (Cole/April is also in the band), we are treated, if that's the right word, to several of their songs, most of which reflect precisely what's happening in the plot at that moment.

As love turns into rancor with accusations of selfishness all around, that quintessential New York question comes up: Who will get to keep the apartment? Marcel, ever the European romantic, keeps trying to make it work, but Simon, more of a bitchy New Yorker, is having none of it, and a series of increasingly ugly confrontations lead to an ultramelodramatic climax that Douglas Sirk would applaud.

It's never boring, but Between Love & Goodbye lacks professional polish. The two leads do what they can, but it's not enough to create a true emotional connection with the audience. Harmon is another matter. His evil transsexual oozes menace from every pore, both in female and male modes, and it's quite an accomplishment. Perhaps the biggest mistake of writer/director Casper Andreas is to include so many songs. This isn't a musical, and Kyle's band, Inertia Kiss, is the kind of cobbled-together downtown trio (they don't even have a drummer) which would inspire most New York audiences to step outside for a smoke. Nice guyliner, though.

This will never end up on the Internet. Ever.



Between Love & Goodbye

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Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Friday 30th January 2009

Distributed by: Embrem Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 33%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Casper Andreas

Producer: Casper Andreas, Markus Goetze

Starring: Simon Miller as Kyle, Justin Tensen as Marcel, Rob Harmon as April / Cole, Aaron Michael Davies as Danny, Caroline Delran as Catherine, Ryan Turner as Tommy, as Sarah, Matthew Ludwinski as Rob

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