This Always Happens
A couple on a first date clash over astrology.
They swiped right. Now one potential couple are on their first date, and all seems to be going well… until they begin talking about astrology.
This short is a modern riff on one of the most fundamental stories of the human condition: two people meet, circle one another as they try to figure out if they’re a fit and then clash over differences.
But it’s what happens during the date and afterwards that makes this a unique and intriguing film. What starts off with the trappings of a romantic comedy quickly becomes more resonant, thanks to finely honed, compelling dialogue and acutely poignant performances that deepen the initial personae that both main characters present to one another. Both actors render the tension, conflict and attraction between them with great skill and sensitivity, feeling like full-fledged people in the span of under 15 minutes.
“This Always Happens” then goes to a deeper place of self-reflection, questioning why we self-sabotage our own aspirations for happiness and feel the need to judge others so quickly and harshly. The result is a film that goes beyond its topic of dating and romance, and feels vulnerable, achingly open and courageously personal.
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