Everlasting (2015) – Raw Review

Life is hard, even harder when you’re in love.

Everlasting is a love story. A love story wrapped in a veil of mystery, intrigue and suspense. A dark and compelling journey into the stygian recesses that dwell deep in the adolescent heart. Powerful and emotionally engaging, Writer/Director Anthony Stabley does a fine job painting a contemporary picture of a teenage girl’s struggle between love and that all consuming desire to runaway and grow up too quickly.

 

The story follows Matt (Adam David) as he investigates the disappearance and murder of his girlfriend Jessie (Valentina de Angelis) who disappears shortly after moving to Los Angeles to be a model. Filmed documentary style, we dive deep into their relationship, motivations, feelings and desires. While the narrative itself has a few holes, the chemistry between the two leads is powerful throughout, creating an emotional depth that carries the film from beginning to end.

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Everlasting also boasts an impressive cast of supporting actors, each of whom manage to fill relatively small roles with a wealth of experience – Elisabeth Rohm (Law and Order, American Hustle) does a fantastic job as Jessie’s mother; Bai Ling (The Crow, Dumplings) as the sexy exotic Cristiane, Michael Massee (Seven, Carnivale) as the mysterious Leor, and Robert LaSardo (Death Race, The Human Centipede III) in a small but extremely strong role as Rocky.

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Stabley’s career in production design shines in the film, showcasing beautifully selected filming locations and a constant feeling of realism. His talent as an artist is clear, knowing how to use the camera to maximum effect in every scene. Everlasting is a satisfying film and one recommended for anyone who enjoys powerful love stories with dark undercurrents.

 

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