Welcome To Sundance: Hello, I Must Be Going

Nothing compares to being seen through loving eyes. Having someone who only has eyes for you, eyes that really see you for who you are, can spark a creative fire that you didn’t know was possible. Poetry sings from even text messages and every billboard has a profound, hidden message of love.

But as soon as those eyes are fixated on someone else, the world becomes an unacceptably dark place. Every place you visit reminds you of the person who painted your whole world into a desaturated gray.

We all know this. We’ve all done it. There is a sort of comedy in our repetitive need to give love another shot time and time again. I mean, come on, how could you not see the inevitable heartbreak coming? Love isn’t for the brave. Love is for comedians who need new material…and we all need new material every now and then.

Hello, I Must Be Going, a film by director Todd Louiso, is a light-hearted but honest look at how hard it can be to get back on the horse – especially as you start to get older. The film revolves around Amy Mitzky (Melanie Lynskey), a 30-something woman who leads a privileged life until she is left by her husband for one of her friends. Amy now sits depressed and alone in the guest bedroom of her parents’ house, resembling a needy teenage girl and not the self-sustaining adult that her mother (Blythe Danner) so desperately and unapologetically wants her to be.

The movie truly begins when she meets Jeremy (Christopher Abbott), a young acting student almost half her age, who takes an instant liking to Amy despite her obvious state of depression. Watching the two actors slide quickly into a secret, sex-fueled relationship never feels forced (thanks in part to the wonderful screenplay by Sarah Koskoff). The pair get to know one another late at night, furtively, in the back seats of cars and empty parking lots. But passion turns to dissatisfaction, with neither quite knowing what the other person is getting from the affair. And so begins the downward turn.

This film teaches us everything we already know about the hazards of giving your heart away. But these obvious messages are presented with such a funny, straight-forward attitude that it makes you stop fearing the inevitable and leaves you with a deeper understanding of who you are and what you really want to get out of life, no matter what the outcome may be.

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