10562726_813803558735399_7599613034793543339_oIt’s refreshing when you come across an independent film that you can just tell from the beginning that there’s a personal story to be told within the film. It’s easy to feel for those types of films and the characters which live inside of that story. A cautionary tale of two young lovers, one of which digs herself into a grave that’s too deep to climb out of, Anthony Stabley’s EVERLASTING is an honest and heartfelt look at young love, and the darkness that engulfs people at times.

Told in a very non-linear approach, EVERLASTING revolves around Jessie and Matt, a young couple who gravitate towards the darker aesthetics in life to hide the damage that lives in each of their lives. The film begins with Matt presenting a video project to a classroom, the project telling the story of the love of his life Jessie, and how the appeal of the lifestyle she craved eventually led to a lot of destruction of her soul and ultimately becoming lost within that dark atmosphere of choices.

It’s a film about young love, people being seduced by glitz and glamour and the loss of innocence that happens to so many people these days. What makes the film so effective is that no only is it anchored with two great performances by Valentina de Angelis and Adam David as Jessie and Matt, but the supporting cast is there to really help bring out great performances out of the duo, and help further illustrate the corruption within the desire to be popular and famous. People like CHEAP THRILLS‘ Pat Healy as a questionable photographer, LAW & ORDER‘s Elisabeth Rohm as Jessie’s damaged mother, and THE CROW/AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR‘s Michael Masse all help the character of Jessie drift away from Matt, leading into the loss of herself and to Matt’s desire to document the girl he loves, and how her broken spirit led to an unfortunate series of events, leading her to become someone she wasn’t.

We don’t get very many truly honest portrayals of teens and young adults these days, and EVERLASTING genuinely feels like you’re watching a film about people you grew up with, as we’ve all known people like Jessie, girls who were capable of so much, but were taken over by the damage of their past. It’s a heartbreaking look at the loss of innocence and how young love can be taken away from you so very fast.

It’s obvious that Stabley knows, as a director, how to really bring a personal and heartfelt story to audiences, all told in a very beautiful way. The film is shot wonderfully, and it’s a film that stay with you long after it’s over. Filled with music from Cold Cave and Crystal Castles, it’s melancholic in its approach. It’s a cathartic experience, a film that breathes honesty and truth, in ways that a lot of current films miss doing. A solemn and very bittersweet tragic love story that pulls you in, and allows you to experience a range of emotions, all while being engrossed by its ability to affect you.

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