DISCLAIMER: This review will have spoilers for the Sundance film “blood.”

Everyone loves a good romance film. The chemistry between the two lead characters make or break the film. The ones that “make” the film can lead to unforgettable watching experiences. 

Bradley Rust Gray’s “blood,” which premiered at Sundance in January, joins a plethora of love films. “blood”’s description teases a romance between the two lead characters, Chloe and Toshi. But does the relationship between them make the film memorable, or does it break its chances of standing out?

After Chloe’s husband passes away, she relocates to Japan for her photography work. She reconnects with an old friend of hers and her late husband’s, Toshi. But soon, Toshi’s comfort turns into affection. Chloe realizes that she must accept her husband’s death in order to allow herself to love again.

However, Chloe’s progression towards this acceptance is shown in very small and spread out increments. As a result, the character development feels incredibly slow and hard to spot. 



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Chris Jiang

Chris is a student attending the College of William & Mary studying public policy and public health. He hopes to share the joys of Chinese culture with the rest of the world.