Review: United States of Love (Tomasz Wasilewski, 2016)

From the washed-out greys and blues of its visual palette in the very opening moments, and with nary a colour traditionally linked to passion present during its entire runtime, United States of Love might seem like a deliberately ironic English title for Polish director Tomas Wasilewski’s latest film. Love really is a dominant theme here, though; it’s just a vision of it that’s a lot less optimistic than in most features. Not necessarily an overtly pragmatic spin, but more an examination of the limited options that can come about from it, and, in particular, how this spins into disappointments and isolation for four women crushed by various forms of anguish and repressed desire…

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