Review: ‘True Things’ is a Bad Film about Bad Relationship

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Harry Wootliff’s True Things was pitched as a relatable film about toxic relationships, but it wound up being an extremely impersonal, banal depiction of a relationship that is more impulsive than toxic.

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Kate (Ruth Wilson) lives a pretty unremarkable humdrum life in Ramsgate until she meets Blond (Tom Burke) who is fresh out of prison, impulsive, and ready to seduce her in a carpark hours after they meet at her place of work.

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The film plays into the rather misogynistic trope that meek, sexually unsatisfied, women like the “bad boys” who ghost them, reject them, and reel them back in when they start to move on.

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 The claustrophobic cinematography narrows the field of sight, but it also stifles the potential of finding freedom and something monumental in the subject matter.

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True Things screened this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. A release date has not yet been set. 

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