by Alexander Udraufski-Osborne
With February being the month of Valentines day, I got to thinking about relationships, and all the idealised notions, especially for young lovers, that dominate Hollywood productions. The impossible standards of these relationships may be as annoying to you, as they are to me. They miss a crucial element, realism. That is why I am suggesting 6 Years. A film on Netflix, which captures what it is like to be in a young relationship.
Dan (Ben Rosenfield) and Melanie (Taissa Farmiga), our two young love struck protagonists, are university aged twenty-somethings that have been together for, you guessed it, 6 years. But don’t be fooled, this isn’t the film it seemingly sets out to be. 6 Years takes us through their rocky journey: from young, innocent love, into the harsh reality of growing up.
Firstly, I need to say this, the performance of the two leads offer enough reason alone to watch 6 Years. The impromptu responses of Rosenfield’s character to the situations, that he, and his co-star, are written into, feels real and compelling. The physical acting from Farmiga which demonstrates a genuine affection and, ultimately, her dissent into near-madness, is a skill which she perfects to a tee.
Directed by Hannah Fidell, the film portrays what, unfortunately, a lot of young couple’s experience when dealing in the animosity and, the seemingly, sheer impossibility of young love. As gloomy as it sounds, it is an addictive watch. It’s a touch into the ‘real’ side of relationship drama, that a lot of directors of this time fail to appreciate.
Not traditionally one you’d watch on Valentine’s Day, tired of the bog-standard romance flick, 6 Years will be a breath of fresh air for you. Dramatic. Thought-provoking. Real. Just a few ways of describing the rollercoaster that is 6 Years.