Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Killing of Two Lovers


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 84 minutes

The Killing of Two Lovers
The Killing of Two Lovers
The Killing of Two Lovers
The Killing of Two Lovers
The Killing of Two Lovers

THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS is a different kind of marriage story. Set against the backdrop of a sprawling rural town in Utah, David grapples with his recent separation from his wife, Nikki—and subsequently their four children—leaving him to move back in with his aging father. Having been together since high school, the couple agrees to see other people during their trial period apart. But it becomes an obviously one-sided arrangement as only Nikki begins a new relationship. David plays by his wife’s rules, hoping this will keep his family together, although he can’t stop his volatile jealousy as the two struggle to communicate. Dwarfed by the vast and desolate landscape around him, David’s increasingly emotional and impulsive reactions to his wife’s apathy are accented by a rumbling, cacophonous soundtrack. This bare bones indie drama takes an intimate, yet unsentimental, approach to marital issues that are just as complex as they are everyday, serving as an honest snapshot of familial loyalty, masculinity, and simultaneous feelings of love and distance. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 7:25 PM ET

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 12:15 PM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 3:15 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

New Direction Competition


Robert Machoian

Clayne Crawford, Robert Machoian, Scott Christopherson

Robert Machoian

Oscar Ignacio Jiménez

Robert Machoian

Principal Cast
Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy

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