Love Addict

How does it feel to be addicted to love? To rush from zero to velcro at first sight? Through seven personal stories comes a tale of the longing for life´s ultimate aphrodisiac: Love.
Country: Denmark Runtime: 87 Director(s): Pernille Rose Grønkjær
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How does it feel to be addicted to love? To rush from zero to velcro at first sight? Through seven personal stories comes a tale of the longing for life´s ultimate aphrodisiac: Love.

Addicts trapped in a fantasy, riding high on the white horse of eternal, passionate love.

Love Addict is a film about the all-consuming obsession to obtain and arrest the love of others. The give and take between trust and neglect, dreams and delusions, pleasure and pain, sanity and insanity and the inescapable fact that in the end we all just want to love and be loved in return.

FILM FESTIVALS: Raindance Film Festival 2012, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival

RAINDANCE REVIEW:

Pernille Rose Grønkjær’s documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of people obsessed with love, probing into the minds and souls of several addicts. There are, among others, Eliza, a textbook stalker that considers herself simply a ‘documenter;’ Christian (41, two sons), who has just begun a long distance relationship with a woman he met once or twice; Tracy (38, three kids), who has broken up with the emotionally abusive McKell (23, unemployed) multiple times in a year; and Adelaide (an actress), who became suicidal after her boyfriend disappeared on her one day. Some of them are in denial, others are keenly aware of their self-destructive behaviour and know that they are using a person to fill a void in their lives. Most, however, are stuck somewhere in between in a seemingly inescapable cycle of love addiction.

Don’t expect answers from Love Addicts: it provides none. The film is a raw and honest portrait that never glosses over the ugly details or pretends that easy solutions exist. It presents its subjects as they are, letting the addicts do the talking themselves and doing away almost entirely with commentary. Mixing real-life interviews of an informal home-video quality, the re-enacted story of one love addict that will creep under your skin and a symbolic perfect prince/princess tale that threads through the documentary, Love Addicts is always intimate, sometimes intensely uncomfortable and often thought-provoking.

Marlies Prinzl