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By Mark Bell | September 24, 2014

Jeremy (Andrew Leland Rogers) and Steph (Gillian Leigh Visco) are on two very different wavelengths when it comes to their relationship. Jeremy is ready to pop the big question, but Steph is ready to break up, which they do. A despondent Jeremy turns to his best friend Frankie (Maria McIndoo) for solace, while Steph turns to her best friend Ryan (Josh Hawkins) while she works through whether she made the right decision.

Tom Wilton’s Let It Go captures that confusing period of time right after a break-up, when the questions of whether the relationship can be salvaged, or should be salvaged, linger in the air. Frankie and Ryan also perfectly represent those best friends, that many of us have, who may come in and out of our lives, but are always there when they are most needed.

The film is a quiet drama, with comedic notes, utilizing engaging performances that are appropriately understated. The narrative doesn’t include any contrived melodramatic developments, everything moves at a natural pace. It’s just a simple story of Jeremy and Steph working through the fallout of their relationship, for better or worse.

While I enjoyed the naturalistic vibe, and appreciated the realistic, almost sedate, take on things, the film might not be for everyone. This is not a film that you describe by pointing out what happens so much as by recounting what is discussed. Not big on action or huge developments, it has a calm pace that worked for me, but it is not a film overloaded with plot or extraneous action. So if that’s your bag, might want to look elsewhere.

The film presents itself in black and white, and more than a few times makes you think of Woody Allen. The edit is sound, and the camera isn’t afraid to do more than just sit there. The filmmaking is generally very creative, but remains true to its simplicity; this is not a case of style over substance.

In the end, while I enjoyed the film, and have little to criticize, I can’t say that the film wowed me either. It’s vibe, while soothing, is also lukewarm, so your emotional connection never rises or falls that far. It is entertaining and generally pleasant, however, which is more than many a film can say.

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