Review: Lorelei (Tribeca 2021)


Title: Lorelei
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Sabrina Doyle
Starring: Jena Malone, Pablo Schreiber, Ryan Findley
Runtime: 1 hr 51 mins

What It Is: Wayland (Schreiber) has just gotten out of prison after a long stint. Having gone into prison when he was still a teenager. When he returns he’s faced with the same old demons of what he did to get incarcerated in the first place. This includes running into his old girlfriend Dolores (Malone) who is now a mother of three. Her children are all named after various shades of blue (Dodger, Denim, and Periwinkle). When it becomes clear that staying out of trouble will be difficult he decides that perhaps the family he chose isn’t the family he wants.

What We Think: Pablo Schreiber is excellent here. Jena Malone is as impressive as always and the whole affair is well-written and beautifully shot. There’s not much you can say in regards to the negative aspects of the film. Perhaps it’s ten-ish minutes too long. Sabrina Doyle (and her cinematographer Stephen Paar) have got to be proud of the work they did to make the blue aesthetic of the film come to fruition. There’s a hue over the whole affair that is dreamy and works with the fairy tale perspective the film takes.

Our Grade: B+, A really excellent film. One that delivers on almost every area of filmmaking. Sabrina Doyle has such a great voice here and she’s using it to roar her redemption tale here. If a beautifully shot, somewhat tragic tale. There’s a little whimsy to this that gives it an edge against other films of a similar ilk. Something like Palmer while good lacks that little spark of magic seen here. Check this one out immediately. It is a really good film worthy of your time.

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