Yo Jenkins! Some thoughts on your movie below, thank you so much for sharing:
Loved the 'radio dial' tone of the movie (carrying on the from trailer) shifting from one mood (pop song) to another: variations on sensation, memories, recollections, movement and the taking in of mood itself...
Importance of light (city lights in the distance. shop lights, street ambiance) the glittering, shining self as Lucinella lies, basking in a glow of being elsewhere with her (best?) friend as the camera pushes in on her. What were your thoughts on lights for the movie?
This is one movie moment after another movie moment. Is this movie a mixtape of movie moments? Sewn together to make an LA patchwork quilt? I love the rock dance followed by that music note or bell transition to her in the pool.
Lucinella watches a lot and takes it all in, how much does she act? - on Tao's nice comments or responding to lore's ideas of reflecting on the past or being in a mood. One of the beautiful things about vacations is letting all these new thoughts, notions, sounds, songs, sensations, tastes and feelings and then scrambling, rewinding or skipping through them later on and making stuff bigger and smaller than it actually was….Her passivity or reflective nature is such a cool vibe for the movie to surf on.
Two (female) friends traveling through a city, (Jenkins have you seen Rivette's "Le Pont Du Nord"? if not check it out an incredible and strange friendship movie with a conspiracy movie hidden inside it) Lucinella walking, her point of view, i kept thinking to myself what would Lore say? think? i want a sequel of the same holiday from lore's point of view!
Those silent moments of Lore looking uncomfortable, not quite fitting in and then these lovely moments of her just looking at her friend on the feris wheel; is that look their friendship/love? Is Lucinella so self-involved (living in her own fantasy LA movie musical, dancing like Anna Karina and Jean Luc Belmondo in A Woman is a Woman) to see or feel Lore's, I dunno, sadness or melancholy or reflective mood? Love the line when Lore says she sorry she was in a bad mood and Lucinella doesn't know what she's referring too...
The punchy rhythm at the start, click click click, ping! Grabs you by the throat nicely and the camera turning into like a cell phone camera (?) at the end, grabs you by the throat again and gives us this lovely homemade feeling and that little whip pan where we're looking back at the airport and then WHIPPP back into the car, took me to "Wise Blood/Punch-drunk Love" and reinforced this strange, bittersweet vibe before the credits, which were also dope.
I liked the movie Jenkins, it's it's own thing with this lovely, rough and tumble, point of view and it's sweet, fun and delicious with some melancholy undertones as well. Congratulations, this is real good and definitely put more juice in my creative engines! Keep rocking and props to you and the whole cast and crew!