A tale of death and love unfolds in this week’s cinema offering at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Brendan Muldowney’s ‘Love Eternal’.
When Ian finds the body of a hanged teenage girl in the woods, he retreats into his bedroom and becomes obsessed with mortality. Deadened, distant, and decidedly festering, there’s something autistic about Ian’s interest in patterns – leaves, snowflakes, the heat death of the universe – and in his remove from society. He trawls the internet in search of ghoulish new material.
But just as he stalks death, it, in turn, stalks him. A series of discombobulating fatalities casts Ian in the unlikely role of suicide assistant, a voluntary position that brings the intriguing Naomi into his life. Will she act as a much-needed catalyst in this increasingly creepy tale?
“Transposing Japanese author Kei Oishi’s novel ‘Loving the Dead’ to Europe is an audacious undertaking... but from the opening sequence – with its geometric animations and angular electronic score – Love Eternal works on its own dark terms,” said The Irish Times’ Tara Brady.
‘Love Eternal’ screens at the Dunamaise tomorrow (Wednesday, September 24)