Candid Love

★★★★ 4/4

Candid Love, a fifty-minute independent documentary from self-proclaimed “underground, gay, experimental” filmmaker Kurtz Frausun, takes a voyeuristic look into the complicated lives of a couple dealing with loss, alcoholism, and isolation. Oddly enough (discounting this film’s roots in the intimate works of Werner Herzog), Candid Love reminded me most of Noah Baumbach’s latest film While We’re Young, not in style, story, or character, but in themes, and indirectly, the potential cinematic abilities of this generation.

Produced with a microphone, a camera, and some ideas, Candid Love is an important example of the amount of potential cinematic content available within this era. Kurtz Frausun — an exciting up-and-comer  — has the unique opportunity to create films like this because of the current tech boom: intimate, human, small, and personal. Frausun doesn’t need success, all he needs is a camera, and the same passion he shows in Candid Love.

Candid Love helped bring to light my indefinite opinion of While We’re Young’s attempt at tackling the ethics of documentaries. Whereas in Baumbach’s film, this theme is talked about and left unexplored, Candid Love confronts it head on. At one point — after we’ve been thrust into the ever-personal quarrels of couple Jon and Daniel — Frausun steps in front of the camera as the director in order to address the morals of what he’s doing. The audience is left with this jarring confrontation of our own captivation. They’ve been looking into these lives maybe not as humans but as characters in a drama. Frausun tells the audience to wake up. We were sleepwalking, and our storyteller, by thrusting us out of it, took the risk of us reacting dangerously. Some viewers may have a sour taste, but it’s what makes Candid Love more layered than the multi-dimensional character portrait it already was.

The characters in Candid Love are imperfect — or rather — human. Frausun begins with the perspective of Jon, who tries to juggle his partner’s recent loss of a father while also addressing the potential disconnect the two share. Their on-and-off relationship of physical and emotional turmoil becomes the main struggle within the threshold of a family death. The audience doesn’t know who’s right or wrong, because life and relationships are not that one-sided. When the audience does begin to take a stance, they are then confronted with the indigestible notion that there is no clarity, no answer. Should they be together? Is one more moral than the other? Frausun examines these questions with complete control, allowing them to breathe, and then collide, creating a profound uncertainty.

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Self-loathing narcissist.

1 Comment on Candid Love

  1. Thank you for reviewing the film 🙂


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