Monogamy, in all of its intricate and complex glory, has been the fodder of indie romances for generations – and will continue to do so for generations to come. The practice of committing oneself wholeheartedly to a single person forever is a tradition as old as time, and in Hollywood cinema, we’ve seen storytellers explore the nuances of relationships from practically every angle over the years.
But the romantic drama remains fertile ground for filmmakers, and the latest creator to foster his own story of love and heartbreak is Mexican director Rafael Palacio Illingworth. It’s called Between Us, and orbits around Ben Feldman (Superstore) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) as a thirty-something couple struggling to maintain that fiery, intoxicating spark that allowed them to fall madly in love in the first place.
After six years together, the ‘honeymoon period’ is but a distant memory, and together they’re forced to confront the reality of spending the rest of their lives with one another. As the trailer above teases, that’s a journey that will involve rekindling old interests as much as it does resisting the possibility of new romantic thrills.
Between Us, also starring Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Betsy Brandt and Lesley Ann Warren, is expected to release on VOD and in select theaters on January 6, 2017.
A long-term relationship threatens to implode over the course of one tumultuous night. After six years together, thirty-something couple Henry (Ben Feldman) and Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) find themselves caught between their fears of commitment and societal pressure to settle down and marry. An impulsive decision and a surprise revelation send each into an emotional tailspin. Heading out into the LA night, both Henry and Dianne encounter strangers—he a free-spirited rocker (Adam Goldberg), she a charming artist (Analeigh Tipton)—who offer the possibility of new romantic thrills. The choices each makes will determine what—if anything—will be left of their relationship come morning.