So I made a list of things I miss in a lot of movies these days. Many films have one or two of these elements, but why can’t I have them all? A story that makes me want to keep watching. Good acting. Realistic dialogue. Meaningful content. Solid cinematography. Realism that doesn’t constantly push the envelope of decency. The absence of clichés. Married people who actually love each other, even if they have imperfect relationships. Timeless themes. Racial diversity. Older people who aren’t portrayed as complete idiots. The absence not only of gratuitous violence and sex but also of gratuitous religion. I know—a tall order.
Still, it’s possible. I was delighted recently to find them all in a little gem that releases today, “New Life (Nouvelle Vie)” starring Erin Bethea and Adelaide actor Patrick Moore.
When a newcomer from overseas, Benjamin Morton, meets the little girl next door, he has no idea how much she will affect his life. Ava turns out to be the girl of his dreams. From the innocence of a childhood friendship through adolescent attraction, their love grows. And grows.
And they end up needing all that love for what life throws at them.
“New Life” explores the ups and downs of love and commitment, showing that in good times and bad we can face our circumstances with hope and even anticipation.