“Just because an idea looks good to you doesn’t mean it will be look good to the audience.”
This is advice every screenwriting guide book gives to potential filmmakers. While it’s good for filmmakers to make the films they want to see, they should also take into consideration if there’s an audience who’d want to see it too. The same thing goes for a filmmaker’s style. While it’s good to stand out from other filmmakers, there’s a danger of it going overboard at the audiences expense. Case in Point; Kim Nguyen’s Arctic love story Two Lovers and a Bear. While some people will be taken in by the beautiful arctic landscape and intense performances, many will be turned off by the slow pace and attempted magical realism. I’ll explain.
In a remote arctic outpost, love is in bloom for Lucy (Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany) and Roman (Dane Dehaan of Chronicle). But each one is dealing with their own inner demons, with Lucy’s taking the form of her father’s spirit (John Ralston). Lucy sees an escape from her demons when she gets accepted into a university. This proves a huge problem for Roman since it means Lucy will be leaving him and he can’t bring himself to leave. These problems bring the demons out in the open for these disturbed lovebirds and threatens to destroy them both.