TIFF Review: “True Things” Journalizes a Vigorous Love Story That Takes Its Lead Character on Short-lived Romantic Roads

Kate (Ruth Wilson) visits her elderly grandmother in a nursing home, blushing and beaming about a man. Her grandmother asks her to beautify her more, and she can’t quite do it. After all, they had shared an intense sexual encounter, but he entered her world and rearranged everything like a robust and consistent gust of wind. For director Harry Wootliff Real things, this story is the forerunner of a relationship that completely devours Kate’s world. It’s what love can do – or what we think love is. It is a predator that does not take prisoners. However, there is a fine line between love and lust. They can both look the same – the difference is intention.

Kate’s life is gloomy and hopeless at the start of the film. She works in an allowance office where she is reprimanded for being late. Her friend Alison (Haley Squires), married and mother of children, forces her to take charge of her life or is unavailable due to her family demands. Kate’s parents (played by Frank McCuster and Elizabeth Rider) are happy to provide her with plentiful fruits and vegetables, but rightly worry about her. She immerses herself in a beach fantasy with a man whose face she cannot see. On the surface, Kate just exists. All that changes when a man walks into his job one day. Blond (Tom Burke) is in rags, full of charisma and completely intoxicated Kate with possibilities. Even if he never gives complete confirmation other than passionate adventures and fleeting parables.

Cinematographer Ashley Connor prefers to frame most of the film tightly. Audiences will see a lot at Kate’s eye level. Feel every ounce of anxiety as she types and erases texts to Blond. Until the feeling of euphoria when she is with him. This relationship completely alters his behavior – Kate plays hook at work to be with him, allows him to borrow his car, and even indulges in drug use at a party. Meanwhile, Blond, at times, seems disinterested – even refuting any long-term aspirations to be with her. But it’s that percent of luck, an invitation to her sister’s wedding or a comment saying “we’re soul mates” that keeps her going.

Does Kate think she can change it? Well, no, she hasn’t found who she is. By trying to do this in an apathetic person, she sets off on a path of disillusion and sadness. Blond is quite happy with her unconventional life of which Kate barely knows the essential details. The Wootliff and Molly Davies editorial staff want you to feel sorry for Kate and almost angry. Blond leaves Kate at parties, tears her up completely on a date, and doesn’t value her as a person. Still, the rationed passion he gives is enough for Kate to let go of the strands of her self-esteem.

And why? The details are minute. Ruth Wilson’s performance as Kate is something that significantly founds the film. She comes in and out of sadness, anger, and a brief bliss in no time. Burke plays his romantic (and sometimes foil) counterpart well, but you think Blond could have been someone who looked unconventional. Kate surfs dating apps for Real things and even continues on one, but nothing gives it the electricity that this connection does. It is difficult to understand why. Alison warns her to be used. Absolutely nothing is better as Blond sneaks into her life. Finally, even with a considerable amount of time spent together, Kate still cannot articulate concrete things that she loves about him. He is his escape route, but not to a beach – rather an endless tunnel.

Maybe that’s why Kate’s revelation that she can do better than him doesn’t hit quite as hard. Blond gives her countless reasons why the union should end. Still, she can’t quit the maddening cycle. If there was one reference the public knew of as to why Kate is hanging on to a man like this, the full-fledged journey would have been more complete. Her redemption is immediate in the third act, but is so abrupt that audiences couldn’t explain why she sees Blond is poisonous to her. Details are the reason Real things does not reach its full emotional potential.

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