Imagine if you will, a love so special, that it defies convention bound by our limited expectations….
Ok, so no. Let’s start again. Tru Love is a story of friendship, loss and obviously love. Women in love to be exact. Mothers and daughters, daughters and their lovers, lovers and mothers. It’s so genuine and funny and beautifully structured that it’s literally stayed with me since watching it at the film fest.
Tru (amusingly short for Gertrude) is a middle-aged woman afraid to commit, and she’s got a pissed off lover to show for it. Then she meets Alice. A beautiful older woman, with an infectious personality and perspective on life, recently widowed and in town staying with her daughter Suzanne.
Suzanne, unlike her mother, is highly strung and consumed by work so when she sacrifices quality time to spend with Alice (enlisting Tru as a designated babysitter) the two women end up striking a bond more honest than either have had in their lives. Tensions between the three women arise when Suzanne starts to feel secluded from Alice’s affections and dubious about Tru’s intentions.
The title character is played by co-director and writer Shauna MacDonald. A beautiful understated approach to a role that could so easily be delivered in an abrasive, hedonistic way. Suzanne (Christine Horne) is like a gazelle on-screen. Her elfin face, short crop and long limbs reminiscent of a young Mia Farrow and Katherine Hepburn combined. She’s brilliant on-screen, even devastating at times when she lets rip toe to toe with her mother. That brings me to Alice, played by the illuminating and exquisite (yes really) Kate Trotter. To describe her performance is to do her an injustice but it begs the question why there aren’t more actresses of her caliber on-screen in these roles where, I believe, experience is key and a massive advantage to turning out a fantastic performance.
This is, in my opinion, it’s a tender, sexy and honest depiction of true love and best of all it makes no apologies for crossing those invisible lines set by studios.
For starters it’s a story told by women, featuring a predominantly female cast, but I’m not talking about fierce, single ladies, in the vein of Sex and The City or First Wives Club; this film holds a little more water than that, it’s not a war on the sexes – it transcends that particular convention entirely. It’s a story about the rarity of finding true love and friendship. I think it’s important to state here that the issue of age or sexual preference isn’t a conflicting issue, but more of a footnote the audience and studios need to get over – and that, to me, is progressive cinema.
Without the chance meeting of Canadian duo Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, this may not have got off the ground. During the Q &A both filmmakers reminded us how intrinsic their crowd funding initiative was and the how their crew helped in every way to make this initial short, into a feature. It’s that kind of love and dedication behind the camera that is so apparent on-screen.
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