Gabe tries to get over a break-up by dating, while his friends head for an epic showdown in their relationships. It's about how 20-somethings deal with relationships in New York marked by technology and booze.
Written By: Jonathan Eric Foster,
Directed By: Lukas Raphael,
Genre: Drama, Comedy
"Tryst" was actually a rather interesting film, the simple truth of it is that it's completely open ended. On one hand, I was slightly annoyed that there really was no clear cut resolution to the story itself, or the sub-stories. It ended a lot like it started with more possibilities and lots of story left to be told. On the other hand however, after thinking it over, I actually liked the way things ended and found it completely fitting with the theme of the movie. Change. It happens to us all and we all, more or less, hate it at first. The real heart of "Tryst" is just that. Painful change and how we deal. So, in reality, by the end of the film you're literally left with everything the narrative tried to accomplish. Things had changed and were different for better or worse. There's no "really" happy ending here, just more of the same only turned around and changed up; the way real life works. Don't get me wrong... there is a story and it is a good one, I just couldn't help feel that the situations, at times, took precedence over the characters, making the film much more reality based than your favorite love story.
The technical side of "Tryst" for the most part is well above the standard indie fare. There are moments when this production really shines. Some mostly great cinematography, a really slick edit that easily keeps the narrative flowing in the right direction, and a mostly decent audio track complete with clear dialog. However, did you catch that I wrote "mostly" before all the good stuff? There were a few indie hallmarks present as well. A shot here and there that really should have been cut out, as it was really jumpy and not needed; an audio issue would occasionally pop up, although never bad enough to not understand what was happening. My biggest peeve was with the constant hand-held style. I get it. Hand-held = more drama. Right? Wrong. Use a tripod. Lock off the shot. A boring but steady shot is much better than a shaky hand-held one. Almost every time! When the camera is swinging around like a monkey on a vine, it screams "independent film" no matter how good you edit it together. Thankfully, the massive amount of "shake" presented at the start of the film does dull down a little. Allowing the viewer to enjoy the film without taking a Gravol.
The acting in "Tryst" was refreshing. When you get a large cast together for an indie production you really are taking a gamble. Here however, everyone does a great job portraying their respective characters. I'm not saying things were always perfect... but the majority was done well enough to make the film believable. Hats off ladies and gents.
"Tryst", as an entire film hits the spot both for it's unique ability to draw you in, and for it's risky use of an open ended plot-line. Never do you feel like the film is to quick, or to long... it all happens just right. I would love to call this a love story, or a straight up comedy when in fact, it's neither. This is a true to life account. A "day in the life of..." so to speak. Impressing me can be tricky when it comes to indie flicks, especially with such heavy use of the hand-held style. And yet... I actually enjoyed my time spend here. Watch for this title as a good diversion for an hour and a half. I know I'll be getting a copy when I can.
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