Written & Directed by Vladan Nikolic
2005, 93 min, 35mm
In this stylish, atmospheric thriller, a hit man who learned his deadly craft in the Balkan wars, his beautiful former lover, and her police officer boyfriend all cross paths in lower Manhattan. The looping, nonlinear narrative structure and crisscrossing fates of its colorful characters may remind many of Pulp Fiction, but instead of recycling the hipster argot and rap rhythm of that influential L.A. story of more than a decade ago, love gives us a wintry, present-day New York City that is very much a cosmopolitan metropolis, a city of immigrant hustlers and their Old World accents-the Yugoslavian hit man, the German doctor, the French coquette, and the Neapolitan crook, and many others. love is all the more stimulating because of the elegant simplicity with which it was made; aside from its thriller plot, the spare visual composition and beautifully lit scenes are alone more than reason enough to see this picture.
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Cool, mysterious and defiantly foreign, Love plays out on the immigrant fringes of an indifferent New York City, in backstreet clubs and decrepit buildings where past and present uneasily coexist…Love is a mournful thriller about the myth of assimilation and the way nurture — or, more precisely, the lack of it — fashions identity and character.
Matt Singer, The Village Voice
A multi-perspectival film vastly superior to Crash, Vladan Nikolic's dynamic thriller Love reinvigorates a stale cinematic format and imparts a compelling message all without a single head-on collision… love gives you hope for the future of independent movies...