Rob Lloyd (Al Weaver) is a thirty something Brit living in London with his girl friend Marta (Cristina Catalina). Marta is pining for marriage and children as at 38 her biological clock is ticking. Rob is so busy in his own world and problems he can’t effectively read Marta’s vibes. Or perhaps being uncomfortable with marriage ignores those vibes.
Most of his friends are married and some with children so Rob has an” inside track” as to the ups and downs of marriage. He sees boredom, lack of meaningful sex and a life of imprisonment. One of his patients in his nutrition business is also bitterly complaining about his marriage and is sleeping with his wife’s sister. Then there is his single friend Chris who seems to have a new girlfriend at every turn and is the envy of his married male friends. As the film progresses we see that Chris is just as unhappy as his married friends.
Rob is caught in a decision crossroads as to marriage and children so he tries as an escape and last kick at the can connecting with a previous fling and new ones that magically seem to pop up. But despite ample opportunity declines to go all the way with his newly acquired lady friends. Is it guilt or love? Whatever it is his behaviour alienates Marta.
So Rob takes Marta to the country where his bumbled and insincere proposal has Marta flinging the ring on the floor and going to their room to sob. On a first date with a younger waitress that came on to Rob he gets tangled up with too much tequila, cocaine and a waitress who wants to get involved with a foursome. Marta is frantically trying to call Rob but he does not pick up and Marta tosses him out when he stumbles home. Rob then attempts to win back Marta although the viewer must determine is he sincere and convincing?
I notice of late I am encountering “Anti Rom Com” films which is a romance that doesn’t have a happy ending. I don’t see much comedy in this film but the comedy is low key when you do see it. This is more in the line of a serious film with a deep dive into the illusions of dating and marriage. But is the film anti-romantic? Dear viewer that’s up for you to decide. There is no clear-cut take on that in the last 30 seconds. Is Marta sticking around for the sandwich Rob is getting her?
Al Weaver as Rob does a solid job here as a bumbling, confused and insincere man. Cristina Catalina is equally forceful as a strong willed and unforgiving woman with good instincts!
The film will be available on digital formats on January 25th. You can see a trailer for this Brit film here https://vimeo.com/632635937
The Director is Col Spector and in conjunction with Radha Chakraborty is a co-writer of the screenplay.
RKS Film Rating 87/100.