Published Apr 05, 2012Lovers in a Dangerous Time is a simple and charming film, but falls short due to its lack of character and story development. Shot and filmed in small town Creston, BC, the film stars Mark Hug and May Charters (who also wrote and directed the film) as former childhood friends Todd and Allison.
Todd (the boy who never left town) dreams of buying land to build a house upon. Feeling unhappy and unfulfilled with his life, he resents and lives in the shadow of younger brother Bobby (Mark Wiebe), a star hockey player. Allison, on the other hand, has a successful career in Toronto as an illustrator, but unsure about what her life holds, she's afraid to face the future.
Reuniting at their ten-year high school reunion, the two set out to relive their childhood. They form a complicated relationship that pressures them to take the next step when Allison finds her childhood home empty and up for sale. She considers buying it, but the idea only seems like a plan to escape the reality of growing up.
While Todd deals with his jealousy, Allison begins to wonder what she wants to do with her life and career. Struggling to face the harsh realities of adulthood, the two attempt to cling to each other but discover their past is more of a burden than benefit.
The plot of the film has potential, but a lack of dialogue and character development hold it back. Despite a few anecdotes and a couple of short clips of Allison and Todd's childhood, not much of their history is revealed. In fact, the movie has a great deal of dead air, which is often covered with shots of beautiful scenery.
What can be said is that the two leads have great chemistry. This can most likely be attributed to the fact that Hug and Charters were a real life couple at the time, who worked together to create the film. Add a couple lines about hockey and booze, and the film is undoubtedly Canadian, which is a nice touch for those who live in the country.
Lovers in a Dangerous Time is a realistic film about love and youthful regrets. While it has the makings of a great story, watching the 96-minute film feels like an eternity. (Fruitstand)