That’s Not Us [Review]

MV5BMjAzMzI4MTE2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjk5OTc3NTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_That’s Not Us is a film by William Sullivan. This story surrounds three couples: one lesbian, one gay, one straight. They spend a weekend together at a family cabin where the relationship of each couple is explored.

This film is amazing. The entire script was written as an outline and each story came to life through improvisation. It was produced, written, directed, and crewed by the six stars right down to the craft services. The chemistry they all have with one another pulls you in and keeps you until the credits roll making you feel they truly have known one another their entire lives.

Each couple has their own story. The two gay men are fighting for their relationship when one decides he wants to move from Manhattan to Chicago for school and the uncertainty their future faces. The straight couple guides their way through the task of trust and vulnerability.

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And then the lesbian story.

Jackie (Nicole Pursell) has something on her mind and in her heart but is pretending there’s nothing wrong while Alex (Sarah Wharton) can feel the tension but doesn’t want to start the conversation in fear that it would lead them down a path which won’t lead them back to one another. This story defines that time in a relationship when communication becomes difficult and the toll it takes on two people who are truly in love but simply can’t figure out what to say.

This film delves into the delicate nature and problems relationships face every day with such grace and nuance. I couldn’t blink it fear of missing that tell-tale glance or look which would ease the pain each individual character holds.

Though I watched it at the edge of my seat, I left the theater with the tiny hope that problems really can be overcome when love is at the center of it all.


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