HOLLYSHORTS 2020 FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Relationships are difficult at the best of times, but it’s even more challenging for two paired-up serial killers to hold things together. Rob (Rob Pinkston) is a talker who likes to share, whereas Liv (Bevin Bru) prefers to keep her emotions close to the vest. They both indulge their urges to kill, which is, we suspect, how they met. Despite having hit rocky times in their relationship, their antisocial personality disorders haven’t stopped them from wanting to work things out.
“…Rob takes it upon himself to kidnap the therapist…”
Liv had mentioned going to therapy together, but they never followed up. When Rob takes it upon himself to kidnap the therapist she’d suggested, she comes home early to find the doctor tied to a chair. She’s furious with him, but they conclude that they should make the best of the situation and ask the doc to start them out on Couples Therapy. The doctor agrees, hoping his skills at therapy lead to survival.
Pinkston and Bru’s delivery of their characters’ dark humor is pitch-perfect. What starts out feeling like a dramatic scene of thriller violence quickly turns into dark comedy. Anxious hilarity ensues in this brilliantly funny short film that explores a window on enthusiastic dysfunction. It’s as twisted as it is cute. Apparently, there really is someone for everyone.
Couples Therapy screened at the 2020 Hollyshorts Film Festival.
"…as twisted as it is cute."