Director: Bradley Rust Gray
Stars: Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour, Kylie Minogue, Dane DeHaan, Michael Chernus
Jack and Diane is anything but just another love story. The result of over nine years’ worth of recasting (at one point, Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby were attached) and false starts, writer-director Bradley Rust Gray’s unconventional drama is finally making its worldwide premiere, and the New York-centric Tribeca Film Festival is the perfect place for it.
Set in Manhattan, Jack and Diane follows its two female title characters as they randomly meet one extremely hot summer day, quickly fall for one another, and combat both the threat of a long distance separation and love’s animalistic abilities to overpower one’s emotions. Oh, and those “animalistic abilities” manifest themselves as beastly, snarling, bloodthirsty, and dream-state monsters.
It’s bugged out, yes, but with two fearless and dynamic performances from Juno Temple and model-turned-actress Riley Keough at its heart, Jack and Diane captures the joy, heartache, hypnotism, and scariness of newfound love with unflinching realism and gory fantasy. Catch it at Tribeca or wait another seven months until its limited theatrical release in November.
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