A Love Song

A Love Song

At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive, uncertain of his intentions while bashful about her own.

The debut feature from Max Walker-Silverman, ‘A Love Song’ is a poetic, tender drama about two old friends reconnecting and finding the possibility of romance in later life. Faye (Dale Dickey) lives on a remote campsite by a lake in the Colorado Mountains, and her days follow a similar routine of checking her lobster traps, drinking coffee and eating some lobster, whilst reading a book or listening to music on the radio. Occasionally a postman comes by and it’s clear there’s a reason she’s waiting in that spot – that reason being to reconnect with an old friend, Lito (Wes Studi), who she hasn’t seen in years, but who she remembers with fondness. When he does arrive, it’s charming watching these two elderly people act like teenagers finding first love, showing that the awkwardness and butterflies in your stomach don’t subside with age and wisdom.

The setting is a big part of the appeal of the movie and boy does Walker-Silverman know it – the Colorado Mountains make for a stunning backdrop, and the remote, rugged terrain recalls movies such as ‘Brokeback Mountain‘, where that isolation and quietness almost strengthens the bond between two people. There’s a little bit of quirk with the family who want to dig under her trailer, and I enjoyed the couple of scenes with the lesbian couple staying nearby, but mostly this is a poetic rumination on what it means to go on with life after losing a partner, and how one can start to make those first tentative steps to find love again.

Dale Dickey and Wes Studi will be familiar faces to anyone who watches a lot of Movies and TV, but generally they’re in smaller roles, the supporting characters or antagonists, rarely the leads. ‘A Love Song’ puts them front and centre and it’s a brilliant showcase for their talents. ‘A Love Song’ is a small stakes drama that will stir your heart and leave you with a smile on your face, perfectly packaged into 80 short minutes – a strong debut from Max Walker-Silverman.

Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Max Walker-Silverman

Starring: Dale Dickey & Wes Studi


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