Story: In Amar, A young couple experience the intensity and fragility of first love as life events tarnish their idealized notions of romance. Laura and Carlos love each other as if every day was the last, and perhaps that first love intensity is what will tear them apart a year later.
Amar shifts gears whenever characters speak matter-of-factually. This is huge plus, as it provides various perspectives and keeps the viewer guessing. Laura and Carlos can’t speak something into existence, but they can push loved ones away by speaking too much, and with little regard for personal insecurities. That’s what makes Crespo’s film so intriguing: effective communication vs. general assumptions. Laura and Carlos connect on a physical level and communicate efficiently, with breathy sound design accentuating their chemistry in the most passionate moments. But perhaps that’s not the sound of love. Maybe it’s the sound of two teenagers, wearing gas masks, holding onto each other for dear life, scared of their own independence. Different strokes for different folks.