Rye Lane

Rye Lane ★★★★

Individuals named Yas (Vivian Oparah) and Dom (David Jonsson) in their twenties are going through a break-up and encounter each other in a gender-neutral bathroom at an art organization held by a mutual friend. After meeting each other again in the exhibition, they frequent around Rye Lane Market together and talk about their break-ups, their exes, their backgrounds and their aspirations.

This is a cute, funny, poignant and creative spin that is inspired by Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy in which we follow two likable characters that slowly bond with each other. The movie does start on that intelligent level of writing by Nathan Bryon and Tom Melia in which their unhappiness is still noticeable based on their break-ups but also halts their progression in life as Dom is still living at his folks' place and Yas declines her interview for a potential costume design position.

But, while director Raine Allen-Miller's visual storytelling is quite original of showcasing what had happened during their breakups, there are moments where the camerawork is questionable or the visual creativity is too 'in-my-face' like she wants you to see what she came up with instead of letting the narrative speak for itself. And, the screenplay does go on the conventional route of a half-baked argument that leads to the predictable but charming conclusion that has to do with waving and boats.

But, the chemistry between David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah is tender, melancholy, real and sometimes funny. You want them to be happy in the end. Rye Lane is a special, mature film and rom-com fans should not miss this one.

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