Guest post by Kelly Millspaugh
Addicted to coffee and discovering new music. I prefer cold weather and speak sarcasm fluently.
Summer movie season is notoriously filled with action movies, superheroes, and buddy comedies. Lost for Words is a refreshing break from seeing everything go boom. This is a love story between Michael, an ex-Marine, and Anna, a ballerina. Michael and Anna are both new to Hong Kong and both still getting over their past relationships. Michael is an American and Anna is Chinese and their cultural differences make the relationship a little more complicated than your average boy meets girl story. They both have thrown themselves into their work and leave little time for anything else.
The audience is treated to beautiful shots of Hong Kong as Michael and Anna fall for each other and explore the city over the course of the film. You get the sense that these are two people who are at times skeptical of love and commitment, but aren’t we all? Love and relationships are always a risk. It may seem easier to hide from it, or to choose to leave, but in the end you will be left wondering what may have been and that is more haunting than the chance of a temporary heartbreak after giving love a chance. This film comes down to the ultimate question: Does love conquer all? Can love endure cultural differences, language barriers, and most importantly uncertainty? Michael and Anna face many challenges and whether or not to give love a chance is completely based on the choices they make. Love is more than something you feel, it is something you do…or don’t do.
I would recommend Lost for Words to anyone who wants to see a film without fast cars and where no cities are destroyed by aliens. I would also recommend it to anyone who has the capacity to love. I think that pretty much covers all of you so take a chance on a little love story this summer.
The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for LOST FOR WORDS.