Love Lies Bleeding
Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding (2024)

Rose Glass may still be flying under the radar for many, but mark my words, this film is about to catapult her into the cinematic stratosphere.

Back in 2019, Glass gifted us with the haunting marvel that is “Saint Maud,” a gem that often lurks in the shadow of bigger A24 hits. Yet, with “Love Lies Bleeding,” she ascends to an entirely new echelon of storytelling prowess.

This cinematic marvel defies categorization, effortlessly weaving together a tapestry of genres and themes. It’s a symphony of drama layered atop a gripping crime thriller, seasoned with a dash of romance and sprinkled with dark comedy. Yes, it’s unconventional, and that’s precisely why it’s bound to polarize audiences – but for those who embrace its audacious spirit, it’s an unforgettable ride.

For years, I’d heard whispers about Kristen Stewart’s talent, but it wasn’t until “Love Lies Bleeding” that I truly became a believer. Stewart is nothing short of spellbinding, commanding every frame with an effortless intensity that marks her as a powerhouse performer. And let’s not overlook the electric chemistry she shares with Katy O’Brian; their dynamic injects the film with a palpable authenticity that elevates every scene. If only Stewart had found this chemistry with Robert Pattinson in “Twilight,” perhaps the saga would’ve taken on a whole new dimension.

But let’s give credit where it’s due – Katy O’Brian’s performance is a revelation. She inhabits her role with such commanding presence that she becomes a force of nature on screen, growing in stature with each passing moment until she delivers a climactic performance that’s as much a physical feat as it is a testament to her evolving talent.⠀

Visually stunning, thanks to the masterful cinematography of Ben Fordesman, every frame feels like a painting come to life, setting the stage for Glass’s gripping narrative. There were many shots that reminded us of another A24 murderous couple, Lee and Maren from Bones and All. And Clint Mansell’s score, reminiscent of his iconic work on “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream,” weaves seamlessly into the fabric of the film, enhancing its emotional resonance.⠀

“Love Lies Bleeding” is yet another triumph for A24, a testament to the studio’s commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering bold, visionary talent. It’s a milestone for all involved, and a cinematic experience not to be missed.⠀

So, dear cinephiles, I pose a question: What, in your opinion, is the most underrated gem in A24’s illustrious catalog?⠀




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