In my humble opinion, the most significant message showcased by "Hommage à L'amour" was as simple as it was complex. There are no straight lines when it comes to relationships or, for that matter, life in general. People are complicated, which makes the relationship between two individuals a complex beast. The premise is simple during the first act of the film - a man and woman meet and begin to form a relationship. But the relationship is of a different note for both people, and especially after the two take a road trip, some cracks begin to form in what Theo considers the type of relationship the two are in. For Alma, the relationship is an easy-breezy one, but it's much more serious for Theo.
As Theo's jealousy becomes more and more prominent, Alma finally decides it's time to slow down, and once away on her trip to France, all communication with Theo comes to a halt. But that's not the end of this story. In fact, the story is really just starting. While Alma is away, Theo slowly begins to come back out of his shell and even dates. Then, in a nicely done change-up, Theo learns firsthand what drove Alma away. I'm not going to get into many more plot details but keep in mind that "Hommage à L'amour" is very close to a romantic drama as opposed to a straight-laced dramatic flick. But putting the overt story aside, this film felt more about the message than the content. The journey, if you will. Generally, this isn't the type of film I would typically enjoy, yet in this case, I was strangely drawn in - right from the start.
Technically, "Hommage à L'amour" is a pretty solid playing film. The visuals all seem to fit into the story, and the audio is handled pretty well. There's a very arthouse feel to this movie that allows for a bit of daydreaming of sorts when you watch it. You get lost in the narrative so much that I felt like I was in a haze at certain points. But there's no question that "Hommage à L'amour" focuses on insecurities within relationships, as well as different points of view from partner to partner. In this flick, it's all about the things we have to go through to get where we need to be. Message aside, it also doesn't hurt that the acting from everyone I watched onscreen was excellent. No need to name-drop; everyone fit their roles perfectly.
A little artsy and maybe even a little quirky, "Hommage à L'amour" reminds viewers that it is what an independent film done well looks like. It's not made for the extreme masses but instead for those who appreciate a well-written drama. It looks good, it's well-acted, and most importantly, it's entertaining. A solid four stars, and as always, reader, thank you for sticking around.