Love Etc. (2011)
Love Etc. is a witty, poignant and humorous exploration about the universal stages of love, depicted through five real stories over the course of one year in New York City. Young, old, gay, straight - everyone has experienced love - and the joy and frustration that come with it. From teen romance to a decades-long marriage; newlyweds to a recent divorcee, and even a bachelor so frustrated in his search that he chooses to have children without a partner, Love Etc. documents the intimate journeys of engaging characters aged 18-89 who reflect the city's diversity, and takes an honest look at life's most challenging pursuit. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Love Etc.
In an age in which it feels as if seemingly pure intimacy no longer exists, this film thrives on nothing but intimate moments.
Jill Andresevic's simply photographed documentary springs from an equally simple premise...
It's not that you don't care for these urbanites -- you do, but it's in spite of Andresevic's unengaged hanging-around and general air of slightness.
A particularly poignant examination of love which magically ushers the audience right into the middle of the romantic relationships of a variety of native New Yorkers.
Each of the six protagonists in Love Etc. are sweet and hopeful in a genuinely human way that fictional films simply cannot touch.
Throw a party and ask all your friends to share their stories; you'll probably find more surprises, and have a lot more fun.
[A]voids cloying clichés through the bittersweet lessons each learns [to show] "I love you" can be richer, more nuanced, and more expansive than Hollywood fairy tales.
How do you find love in a teeming city of 18 million souls? This lightweight, likable documentary attempts to answer that question.
Breakups and disappearances, loneliness and failing health fit into the film's fabric like beats in a TV drama.
Who needs clichéd Hollywood love stories when you can see the real thing?
Tedious portraits and flat observations about love by couples and singles in New York City.
Love Etc.'s cross-section of New Yorkers simply isn't as captivating as its cross-section of New York, particularly the Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods that rarely grace the screen.
That relationships are, like, hard isn't exactly a revelatory thesis, and most of Andresevic's subjects seem too conscious of the camera -- and prone to post-reality TV empty confession -- to reveal anything beyond the obvious.
[VIDEO] Jill Andresevic's hokey-but-enjoyable brief documentary study of romantic relationships is set in New York's five boroughs.
While Love Etc. shows restraint in its broad look at the universal desire for companionship, it remains a frustratingly thin affair.
A cautiously optimistic doc that explores the relationships of eight New Yorkers.
Audience Reviews for Love Etc.
Really enjoyed this documentary. Follows the lives of several couples - an elderly couple who have been married 45 years and the wife now has dementia, a divorced single dad of two teenagers who is doing the personal ads, a teenage couple, an Indian couple who are getting married and a gay man who has had surrogate twins after breaking with his boyfriend to have them.
It's not highly dramatic, but it is interesting and most of the people you do care what happens to them. I found the elderly couple the most moving, while the one I liked least was the single dad (but I guess even he acknowledged at the end he needs to grow up).
Good documentary about relationships. Recommended.
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