Maine (2018)

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A woman’s quest to find herself takes an unexpected turn in this drama from writer-director Matthew Brown.

Bluebird is a married Spanish woman who is traveling in the Appalachian Mountains in a quest to find herself. She meets a man named Lake, who like her, is also on the trail to find himself. She warms up to him and two make conversation. When he begins to pursue her, she decides to take him along for the trip only so she can make some conversation with someone.

The conversations between the two go up and down as they go from casual conversations to some arguments due to a feeling insecurity on Bluebird’s part. As Lake attempts to understand why Bluebird won’t explain why she is exactly on this trip, he eventually respects her decision. The two slowly begin to warm up to each other to a point where Bluebird begins to question whether what she is doing is right.

This is quite an interesting film from writer-director Matthew Brown that starts out quite in an ingenious manner. The first ten minutes of its 86-minute has absolutely no dialogue. However, the lack of dialogue also serves as the catalyst for its basic plot of a woman on the road to self-discovery and the man who becomes a confidant and a potential love interest.

The film’s focus is on the characters of Bluebird and Lake, played respectively by Laia Costa and Thomas Mann. Brown’s approach to bringing these two together has them acting in a natural sense of conversation. There is of course at times, the language barrier as well as brings a sense of pop culture reference when Lake explains to Bluebird the idea of Wayne’s World when he quotes a line and she doesn’t get it. Then there’s a reference to Spongebob that causes a sense of conflict between the two. However, the focus is more on their bond that may or may not eventually become something more.

Maine is an interesting character study film that has the feel of a documentary at times and the chemistry between leads Laia Costa and Thomas Mann helps drive the film. Some nice twists and turns in the final moments as well as the opening 10-minutes of non-dialogue only make this an indie drama worth checking out.

WFG RATING: B

Orion Classics presents a Beachside Films production. Director: Matthew Brown. Producers: Summer Shelton, Michael B. Clark, and Alex Turtletaub. Writer: Matthew Brown. Cinematography: Donald R. Monroe. Editing: Sofi Marshall.

Cast: Laia Costa, Thomas Mann, Pete Burns, Matthew Brown, Yossie Mulyadi, Neil Soffer, Jeremy DeCarlos, Pat Dortch.

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