In Your Eyes
Release year: 2014
Director: Brin Hill
Screenwriter: Joss Whedon
Starring: Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Mark Feuerstein, David Gallagher, Jennifer Grey, Steve Howey, Nikki Reed, Steve Harris
Despite having no other connection, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) discovers they have telepathic bond that lets them hear each other and see what the other sees. Soon the two begins to bond in more ways across the distance.
In between making blockbusters like The Avengers (2012) Whedon spits out smaller movies like his own directed Much Ado About Nothing (2012) and this sweet little self-distributed romance. As usual he delivers believable and catchy dialogue as well as well-written and full embodied characters, here in the form of the timid Rebecca and Dylan who tries to stay out of the criminal life that has already cost him time in inside. The two are at first sight very different, but as they get to know each other, they discover how alike they are, only their lives are different. Kazan (The F Word, 2013) is no stranger to Indie movies, somehow she seems born to do them and obviously thrives in a movie where the focus is on characters and story. Here she finds plenty of chemistry with co-star Stahl-David (Cloverfield, 2008) and despite the fact that they are not on screen together they manage to make the connection shared by their characters feel real as sparks fly ‘between’ them. There are small parts to Feuerstein (In Her Shoes, 2005) and Grey (Dirty Dancing, 1987) as Rebecca’s husband and friend, as well as Harris (Minority Report, 2002) as Dylan’s parole officer, but this movie belongs to Kazan and Stahl-David as the delicately deliver one of the most refreshing and special love stories in newer time. One of those movies that quietly sneaks into your heart and stays there, In Your Eyes deserves an audience.
Whedon wrote this script in 1992, when he was 28 years old and just moving out to Los Angeles and has had several rewrites over the course of two decades.
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