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Sundance 2023: “Slow”

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

We hear a lot about having or searching for a soul mate. Someone who can understand us without finishing the sentence, realize our desires and fulfil them instantly. It goes both ways of course. What happens when you seem to meet someone with whom you connect instantly but later realize – there is some aspect of your character you must revisit to make the changes that would warrant the success of unity with the one you feel is your true match?

Elena, a contemporary dancer, meets Dovydas, the sign language interpreter, who is assigned to work with youth during classes. The moment they meet each other, they get paired and connected. Their bond gets stronger and stronger. Their relationship is purely platonic. But when Elena hopes to move to the next phase in their relationship, Dovydas confesses to being asexual. Elena understands him, and both agree to be together as they navigate through the intimacy they have created for each other. They respect each other’s boundaries and desires. At some point, it changes, which triggers unrealistic expectations for both if they are willing to commit.

“Slow”, written and directed by Marija Kavtaradze, offers a complicated emotional connection of one being with another. Due to the undeniable chemistry between actors Greta Grinevičiūtė (Elena) and Kęstutis Cicėnas (Dovydas), the film works perfectly, as both Elena and Dovydas turn their experience into larger than life. They agree to work towards their differences as they grow strong together. But will it work eventually, or will their carefully constructed life fall apart?

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