Ariyah & Tristan's Inevitable Breakup ★★★★½

A film that embraces constraints by relying on strong lead actors and clever use of a location, it's a great story that captures the essence of a relationship from start to finish. With the script cowritten by the leads and with a crew that uses the confined space of an apartment as a challenge to tell the story in an interesting way, it doesn't feel gimmicky and has some real heart of depth. While the charismatic leads could carry the story as a play, it's the clever construction of the shots and the action that elevate the film even more. It's a great example of how to make an interesting film by assembling a talented team and telling a story that feels grounded in the truth.

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