Crush. A documentary about broken hearts.
Love and what's behind it. Crazy crushes, broken hearts, and the chemistry/psychology/genetics of attraction and rejection.
O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
(W. B. Yeats)
Love is an endless subject, and while it has been the theme of thousands of films and millions of songs, there are always new aspects to discover about it. This is a documentary project about love and its illusions: about unrequited love, about platonic love, about failed relationships, about people who remain in our minds long after they are gone, about the mysteries of attraction and the miseries of rejection, about the fantasies we create in our minds when we first fall for someone.
It is mostly a film about fantasy versus reality, the illusions that we create in our minds and hearts, and the reality behind them.
The film will also explore contemporary trends and cultural changes and try to understand what are the deeper origins of our feelings, exploring the subject from at least three different points of view: the personal, the literary, the scientific. Many questions will be raised and some of them answered. Is there such thing as love at first sight? Why do some women like bad guys and not nerds? Why do we tend to fall in love with our opposites? Is love just a chemical reaction in the brain created by evolution to perpetuate the species? Or is there something else?
In terms of structure, the documentary combines personal stories of common people about their crushes and impossible love interests with interviews with psychologists, geneticists, anthropologists and writers who try to explain the impossible: what is love?
Risks and challenges
There are two main challenges in this film, one is to get interviews with some of the more authors or scientists that I ideally would like to interview. Some of them have been contacted and may be able to be interviewed, others may not. I understand that it is difficult for a low-budget film to have access to some more famous authors. However, from my point of view the main part of the film are the personal stories, that's where the soul of the film will be. The interviews with scientists, writers and researchers, famous or not, is secondary.
Another challenge is to strike the right tone, the right note between being moving and also funny, between being sentimental but not mawkish, between talking about clichés but not being one, between being a personal, individual project and becoming something more ambitious.
There are of course many other challenges, from the technical point of view to getting all the interviews right, but that are issues that can be solved through creativity and hard work and are less dependent on funding.
- (40 days)