Canadian Film Festival 2017 Review: “Great Great Great” (2016) ★★★

It took me a significant amount of time to think over Adam Garnet Jones’ Great Great Great before reviewing it. Luckily, his previous feature film that I had the pleasure of viewing, helped me to understand his new work better. Same as Fire Song, this movie has not been made for every one, but it was never meant to.

Lauren and Tom are a young couple who are on their sixth year of relationship. As they try to decide which way to go with their life together, a man named David appears from the past, making Lauren to make wrong decisions that could tear her relationship with Tom apart…

From her point of view, she is excellent when it comes to provide the care to Tom every man wishes to have. She is patient, does everything to help him out, but there is something that really bothers her about him – Tom, already from a long time, is unable to find a job. Every interview he had failed. And the one he just had seemed won’t be any different. Knowing that, Lauren is ready to give up on him – mentally and physically…

When she meets David, who returns to the city and pretty much becomes her boss, he starts showing her his interest to revive their old romance. In the beginning, she tries to resist his advances, however, does not put much effort to stop this. From that moment, the woman begins to play a dangerous game with her own life by not only committing adultery, but putting herself into a more difficult situation when a proposal to marry comes from Tom….

Sarah Kolasky as Lauren is impressive. She creates an interesting character with all her inner troubles. She breaths life into Lauren the way you have envisioned her. Lauren as a woman is very complicated. She looks for stability but fails to find it even in her own mind. When you give a closer look to her, you see that it’s not Tom who creates those issues, but rather her, who is not willing to spend her life with an unemployed man. For that, the credit must go to te talented actress who goes the extra mile to convince us in so many ways.

In conclusion, Adam Garnet Jones’ dramedy has an interesting and a slow-motion concept of a storyline between two people, whose life is an uneventful as it could get. It’s about a couple who can be satisfied with having less, while the other one always needs something more. And it just happened that it’s Lauren who should learn that one can’t hold two watermelons in one hand… The question is, will she or not, and it’s you, I am afraid who should find out.

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