Two lovers and a bear:Review

The film Two Lovers and a Bear focuses on a young couple, Lucy and Roman, living in a small town near the North Pole. Early on in the film Lucy tells Roman that she is leaving and moving South. Roman is so upset by this and shuts Lucy out until she forces him to see her and they decide to leave their town together. On this trek headed to the South they face different inner battles and try to conquer them together. At the end of the film they fall asleep in an ice tunnel and neither of them survive.

I really enjoyed this film and the depth that was put into the characters. They both face very serious issues with their families, primarily their fathers. You slowly start to find out things about each of the characters and their past. Lucy is seeing her father everywhere even though he is dead. I liked that you didn’t find that out until the end. The only thing I didn’t really understand in this film was the bear and his roll in the story. He only appeared at random times in the story and talked to Roman. He would give Roman random snippets of advice and he was the only one that could understand him. It didn’t really seem to fit in the story to me. The bear didn’t play a significant part in the story in my opinion. I think that the bear could have made a bigger difference in the story if he would have been more present. If he were on the journey with the couple or more along the story I think it would have been clearer what his role was. Other than the bear I thought the story was really interesting. It really sucked you in and kept you engaged in the story. The depth of the characters made it so intriguing to me. They were so deep and had a lot to them including their past and the baggage they each carried. I liked the ending how when they resolved their personal issues and finally found closure they passed away together. It was a sad ending but also didn’t feel wrong.

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  • Vania Boediman

    Looks like you enjoyed this film and you explained detailed enough for me to understand the storyline. This is simple yet interesting review to read. Great Job Elle!

  • Joshua Sheetz

    Hi Elle, I kept seeing the preview for this film in the preroll for the movies I believe, it was a clip of a guy sitting when a polar bear walks up to him. That clip for some reason stuck with me the entire duration of the festival and I couldn’t figure out what movie it was. And thanks to your great review of the film I believe it was this film. I will be looking online to try and check this one at. I really enjoy movies that build characters throughout the movie peeling back the layers of the character throughout.

  • Nicole Lockwood

    Elle: I saw this film as well I thought it was a pretty good film, I liked how it was a really slow paced sort of film. There were times when I didn’t really know where the film was going. The bear was such a spinout for me I was really confused as to what it all meant. I assumed that it had to do with hallucinations and mental illness but I guess the filmmaker just wanted us to really think about it because it wasn’t really explained at the end. Great review.