The American film Throuple had its world premiere on HIFF this weekend, and I went to watch the film yesterday. Film location is here in Hawaii, filmed on Big Island, which I thought was pretty cool. The director has taken advantage of the surroundings using tide pools, beaches, volcanos and Hawaiian nature as important parts of the setting.
The film is about the young couple James and Lexi, who have recently moved to Hawaii in hope of getting a fresh start. After getting settled in a small house on Big Island, James explores their new surroundings while Lexi spends most of the time writing.
While getting bored of exploring the island by himself, James gets to know their new neighbors, a throuple consisting of two guys and a girl. As time goes by, James spends more and more time together with the throuple, which also starts to annoy Lexi.
James joins the throuple trying to dig a hole in their garden, a project that proves to be much more complicated than expected. The group decides to steal a backhoe from the mysterious neighbor which they have never met, and Lexi joins them on the adventure. What James and Lexi doesn’t know is that their relationship with the throuple will end up as a murder.
The film actually starts with the groups reaction when they discover the dead body. It’s edited in a way that makes it jump forth and back in time. The days in the garden, James and Lexis struggle as a couple, the adventures together with the throuple – It all leads down to this murder.
How could it all happen? I think the people in the audience all were wondering about the same. I can’t promise that you will find out either, but I’ll highly recommend to see the film.
This film was preceded by the short film TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTIMACY. The film is about a trans-man and a trans-woman, and their romantic relationship full of weirdness. I understand that the film’s probably supposed to be artistic, but this was really not my thing.
I guess that what’s great about HIFF though – You’ll find films for every type of audience.