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By Alan Ng | January 7, 2020

How about learning a new word today. “Limerence” is a state of mind which results from an involuntary romantic attraction to another person, especially combined with an overwhelming need to have one’s feelings reciprocated. In other words, we’re talkin’ infatuation. This definition opens writer/director/star Tammy Minoff’s directorial debut film, which is coincidentally titled Limerence.

Rosemary (Tammy Minoff) is an aspiring painter who moves to Venice Beach at the encouragement of gallery owner Jack (Jack Merrill), whom she met long ago. Of course, when she arrives on his gallery doorstep, Jack has a vague recollection of who she is. Alone in Los Angeles’s Westside, Rosemary’s only friend is Leo (Billy Aaron Brown), who lets her stay with him in what appears to be the floor of a rather odd commune. Being that this is L.A., Rosemary dyes pink streaks in her hair, and boom! She’s now at her new home.

“…she meets the handsome Tom and as pretty people in LA do, they immediately hook up and…wish each other a good life…”

Creeped out by her strange flatmates, Leo takes Rosemary to his latest gig as the most popular Bar Mitzvah DJ in Los Angeles. Here she meets the handsome Tom (Matthew Del Negro), and as pretty people in LA do, they immediately hook up that night and then wish each other a good life the next morning.

As fate would have it, Tom is the co-owner of Jack’s gallery, and to Rosemary’s delight, the two will now work together. The deal is, as long as Rosemary gets Gallery work done first, she’s free to be artistic on her own time in hopes of being part of the gallery. Finding renewed inspiration, our heroine begins to sketch and paint, but after an incident of sexual harassment by one of Leo’s roommates, she moves in with Tom, and the two become a thing. Pretty fast, right?

Limerence (2020)

Directed and Written: Tammy Minoff

Starring: Tammy Minoff, Matthew Del Negro, Billy Aaron Brown, Jennifer Lafleur, Evan Arnold, Jack Merrill, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…takes the idea of infatuation and blows it up into its little facets."

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