Twenty single-shot scenes filmed with scrappy, hand-held camera bring a sweaty immediacy to Love Cuts’ chaotic world. Aja is a tough-as-nails anti-hero we can’t help but root for, despite her foul mouth and rapid-fire temper. Crass but charismatic, she staggers around the city with maniacal purpose, taking on her enemies and courting her emotionally exhausted ex, all while suffering from a freshly stitched-up stab wound. The film emits a gritty, candid energy in which violence, sexual assault and derogatory abuse are not only run-of-the-mill, but expected in the day-to-day lives of these disaffected youths. More than anything, however, it’s a love letter to this rough, downtown Belgrade neighborhood; a nihilistic rom-com for the Riot grrrl generation. -ST
Preceded by Lockdown
USA | 2019 | 12 MIN
DIR: Celine Held, Logan George
Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.