Anatomy of a Love Seen – A raw, emotional love story
Written and directed by: Marina Rice Bader
Marina Rice Bader stars on both sides of the camera in “Anatomy of a Love Seen”, and shows that she is more than talented enough to pull it off. Her character, Kara, is a director of the film in the film about two women falling in love. While shooting the love scene in the movie, the actresses Zoe (Hinnendael) and Mal (Evyn) really do fall in love with each other.
Some months later, Zoe and Mal have an ugly breakup. We never see this, nor are we fully filled in on exactly what happened. That is okay though, as Bader chooses instead to focus on the actresses having to see each other for the first time, when they come back to re-shoot the love scene for a distribution deal. From minute one, there is a ton of emotion in this film. The tension between the two ex-lovers had me feeling uneasy, and I was sitting at home on my awesomely comfortable couch.
Bader does an excellent job at many different things here. First, the movie is shot beautifully. You really get the feeling that you are behind the scenes of a film shoot, and you are being given glimpses of the drama that is unfolding while the cameras are off. Second, the casting here is perfect. Sharon Hinnendael and Jill Evyn are breathtakingly gorgeous and incredible to watch. They have such a believable chemistry that at times I forgot they were acting, which is a rare feat. To be honest, I would have been able to watch just the two of them in a room, talking for an hour and a half, and been pretty happily entertained. Bader gives a solid performance herself, and one that is on par with the heavily emotional performances from her actresses. One that I really took note of though was Constance Brenneman as Anne. I saw her for the first time in this year’s “The Toy Soldiers” and was blown away by her range. She shows that range here as well, and is on my radar as an actress to keep an eye on.
“Anatomy” is a beautiful, emotionally raw love story and one that is well worth the watch time of 80 minutes. It won’t be for everyone as it is a slower paced drama that focuses much more on being honest and raw than on a “Romance novel” love story or a super steamy sex scene (although the love scene is a passionate one). Also, it is currently available on Netflix streaming! So, when you are in the mood for something other than action or comedy, check out “Anatomy of a Love Scene”.