The glance reveals what the gaze obscures.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The story of a love triangle in two uninterrupted halves, Almost in Love mixes a naturalistic style with an ambitious form to create a unique experience. A film that deals with loyalty, friendship and love - and whether a perfect moment can save us from ourselves.
It may seem perverse for a man who makes his living as an editor to try to make a film essentially without edits but Almost in Love is my attempt to combine the natural intimacy and improvisatory style that I love with a more rigorous formal aesthetic. I wanted to see if we could perform this technical sleight-of-hand without sacrificing the emphasis on performance.
Using the audio to pull our focus from one conversation to another, one moment to the next, the film is a blend of performance and technique. Until very recently of course, long takes (anything over about 10 minutes) were a technical impossibility and while the digital revolution has allowed for longer takes, even in the era of HD I hadn’t seen a film that attempted to marry the bravura element of style with the intimacy of a character-driven drama. The challenge of Almost in Love is to present two continuous takes — two single breaths — in which lives are transformed and characters altered in real time.