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Filmed over five years, FLAMES follows real-life couple Josephine Decker (BUTTER ON THE LATCH, THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY) and Zefrey Throwell from the white-hot passion of first love to the heartbreak of the bitter end. High on their intense connection, the pair of artists document their relationship's every beat, from their adventurous sex life, to their performance art collaborations, to a spur-of-the-moment getaway to the Maldives. But when the romantic vacation doesn't exactly go as planned, the now-former couple are left to decide what to do with their film-in-progress, and for these two filmmakers, the end of the relationship isn't the end of the story. As they continue filming, reconstructing what happened and where it all went wrong, lines begin to blur between what was real and what was "the film"-if there's even a difference anymore. Equal parts performance piece and penetrating rumination on the way some relationships are never finished even after they end, FLAMES is an extraordinary docu-art hybrid- a raw nerve of a film that finds within its unique idiosyncrasies and eccentricities a universally affecting manifesto of heartbreak.

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  • Flames, though energetically crafted, erotic, and at times heartfelt, is an exasperatingly esoteric meditation on love.

    Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Taking a step back: the last half hour saves the film, framing the relationship and the story with narrative distance and objectivity. If you were stuck watching only the first hour it would be infuriatingly pointless.

    May 10, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • A document of its times, Flames works as a brilliant time capsule of the Obama era: we walk in on staged protests of late capitalism as often as lovemaking.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • We've all been there, which is part of what makes this seemingly insular New York artist story so universal, and so affecting.

    May 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • If their relationship is indeed a performance and this film the documentation, why not at least make the constructed parts interesting for the viewing party?

    May 3, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Remarkably captures the idea that love is messy and sometimes fails us.

    Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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