This is definitely one of my top two truly independent films of the year so far. The director, Huck Melnick, and writer, Jeremy Herman, capture an amazing portrait of an older man entranced by a younger, beautiful woman. It's a fantastic journey riding the waves of the wake left behind by the beautiful woman who blindly, yet not unknowingly, jars the lives of men around her.
I love movies that immerse you into the world in which the characters live and breath and "Hardly Bear to Look at You" does this brilliantly by getting into the clubs, bars, trains, and streets of the European cities in which it takes place. This is accomplished in ways and in depth that only true independent films can do by going hand-held into live locations with tons of living ambient sound, capturing the real world surrounding the characters. This completely gave me an insight and a realistic tour of these locations that no big-budget movie could do.
All of the performances are exceptionally strong and amazingly naturalistic, which is my very favorite style. Not only is the dynamic between the leads Anna Neil, who plays Stella, and Jeremy Herman, who plays Dnaiel, performed and captured perfectly, but all of the cast members give strong and dynamic performances as satellites moved, drawn, and supported by the forces of the relationship between Daniel and Stella.
I'd highly recommend this film.
Here's the trailer: