May 20, 2024

Love, Divided 2024 Movie Review

Spread the love

Love, Divided 2024 Movie Review

‘Love, Divided’ tells the tale of Valentina, a young classical pianist gearing up for a high-profile audition. As she settles into her new apartment in the heart of Madrid, she quickly encounters her neighbor, David–a reclusive, grumpy, and socially awkward inventor who detests loud noises. David occupies the apartment immediately next to hers and hasn’t left the building in over three years. Complicating matters further is the paper-thin wall separating their apartments; although they can’t see each other, they can speak as if in the same room.

For obvious reasons, conflict and comedic situations ensue as our two leads initially can’t stand each other due to their starkly different lifestyles. What’s curious is that each neighbor is currently struggling with their own outside personal issues that eventually enter their living situation. Soon enough, Valentina and David begin to fall for each other, simply by candidly conversing through the wall and finding they have much in common–all without ever knowing what the other looks like.

If you’re reading this thinking, ‘This sounds like a completely stupid premise for a film,’ I agree–yet somehow, it works. Although it follows the common rom-com trope of two people who initially can’t stand each other, it avoids the typical plot contrivances and unrelatable characters that plague many modern films of the genre, which seem to be written exclusively to socially engineer unattainable expectations for real-life relationships. The two leads of this film are relatable and have undeniable chemistry together, with Valentina, played by Pop-Singer Aitana in her acting debut, being exceptionally charming and endearing.

Euro-films generally have more artistic photography than Hollywood films, and this film is no exception, as director Patricia Font makes good use of moving camera shots to convey the idea of a relationship that exists with a wall separating the characters.

My main criticism is that the characters’ early decision to avoid meeting face-to-face feels slightly underdeveloped, even when addressed through dialogue. At times, I found myself thinking, ‘It’s just a movie; I’ll go with it.’ Additionally, I felt some of the characters’ decisions made in the final moments of the film strained credulity, however, I can give it a pass because I understand the symbolism Font was going for.

Overall, this slightly saccharine rom-com is more light-hearted than outright comedic, yet it manages to be relatable and surprisingly entertaining. As someone who usually works from home and is a former musician, I found both characters relatable and well-performed by the actors. I usually don’t like rom-coms; however, the plot of this particular film had such a sweet, simplistic innocence to it that I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Love, Divided 2024 Movie Review