Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Directed by: Paul Andrew Kimball
Written by: Paul Andrew Kimball
Starring: Alexa Morden, Jamie Muscato, Holly Stevens, Nathan Nolan
Movie Poster for The Colour of Spring
Sarah (Morden) and Sam (Muscato) are a young couple. She is a talented actress, working in the theatre and he is stuck in a dead-end job. Then Sam commits a careless act of infidelity and Sarah leaves him and heads to the house she owns in a beautiful, isolated location, hoping to find some solace there.
The film starts off as a dramatic love story, then approximately two thirds through things take an unexpected turn and it turns into a thriller and there are even elements of the supernatural.
With the exception of one scene, the movie was shot in black-and-white, which makes it look beautiful but also gives it a poignant feeling. In addition to the absence of color, the film has no non-diegetic music, apart from during the end credits.
The main focus of the plot is the couple's relationship, with frequent flashbacks revealing how the two of them met and how their romance blossomed. Morden is fantastic as a woman who is pursuing her dreams and wants to make the most out of life. Muscato is great as her boyfriend, whose life is not going the way he wants it to and has deeply regretted his betrayal.
The audience will often see actors acting. What is meant by this is that there are many scenes of people who work as actors and are rehearsing their lines on stage. Characters also quote phrases when they socialize, which is something Sarah often does, which shows how passionate she is about her profession.
The film explores themes of life as an actor, love, betrayal and forgiveness. As mentioned it includes many scenes of individuals practicing acting and also scenes of emotional confrontation. But there are also times of joy and happiness.
Writer and director Kimball does an amazing job, creating wonderful establishing shots, fascinating characters and dramatic character development. And the cinematography is rather captivating.
The Colour of Spring deserves a lot of praise, particularly thanks to Morden's performance, which is brilliant when her character is acting and when she is just being herself. It offers an experience worth having.