• Emily

Pure - Pink Wall

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Pink Wall is a tantalising trailer, portraying snippets of the narrative to the viewer, leaving off the finer details to be unravelled about the distressed lovers. Written and directed by Tom Cullan, known for his passionate romantic tales such as 'The Other Half' and 'Weekend', his genius storytelling of a fanatic relationship was again blossoming. Pink Wall was undoubtedly going to be another rollercoaster of emotion between this fierce couple.

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The opening scene was a unique entertaining watch. By having the camera situated blindly in the middle of the table, whilst the family caught up in discussions, gave the audience an outsider perspective of the drama. The sudden change of tone throughout the movie was humbling as it showed the audience the authenticity of their relationship. For instance when Jenna and Leon fought secretly in the pub garden, disgracing each other with abusive insults and then surprisingly coming to an embrace of uncomfortable giggles. The non linear narrative worked like clockwork, exploring the different stages of a relationship from year one to year six, as they battle between crossroads in their lives. Done similarly with '500 days of summer' and 'Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind' the acting and passion between the characters is strong enough to carry the audience quickly between stages of their lives, without leaving you confused. There are many relatable themes for audiences adulting in a city, from Jenna's early days of drinking with girlfriends in night clubs, swiftly followed by hosting dinner parties when she becomes a working producer. Tom cleverly uses these scenes to explore crucial topics surrounding working women through some empowering speeches between friends. The movie effortlessly ends with such delicacy, contrasting the blubbering break up on the mountains against the first night they spent together, holding one and other in each's arms on the floor, as they silently drift off to sleep.

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Tatiana Maslany is sensational, her expressions towards the words in the script is breathtaking and leaves the audience fighting for her ambitions. On the other hand, Jay Duplass' portrayal of Leon is a difficult watch. Whereas he leaves the audience chuckling in moments of sincerity with his darker days of unemployment at home, it's tougher to connect with his characters love towards Tatiana throughout the movie. His character comes across more eccentric at times, and I feel another actor might have been better to explore a more emotional story for both characters.

Overall, Tom Cullen creates a stunning factual entity of a relationship depicted through film. Through his simplistic style of cinematography, the audience can relate to these characters difficult arguments and struggles, without having to include a multitude of scenes and extra characters. The fact we never see Jenna's brother's face, or witness the scene of her cheating affair, makes the monologues more powerful and descriptive for the audience. It's a beautiful tale, drawing on the brutal reality of growing up, choosing between pursuing your own dreams alone or holding onto your relationship.


Watch it here https://player.bfi.org.uk/rentals/film/watch-pink-wall-2019-online

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