Language Lessons (2021)

Language Lessons (2021)

One of the few optimistic takes on online friendship and technology

7.2

Movie

United States of America
English, Spanish
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2021
FEMALE DIRECTOR, NATALIE MORALES
Desean Terry, Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales
91 min

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Most computer screen films take the horror film route as a cautionary tale about technology and how we use it. However, when the world was on lockdown, one screenlife film takes a look at its positive side. Simple, straightforward, and comforting, Language Lessons celebrates technology as a means for connection. Through surprise Spanish lessons purchased by his husband, Adam (Mark Duplass) forms a friendship with his instructor Cariño (Natalie Morales). At times, watching the film feels like listening into someone else’s Zoom call, however, their back-and-forth feels engaging because of Morales and Duplass’ chemistry. And when loss hits, on both sides, it’s only natural that their relationship deepens as they console each other. Expressive without being melodramatic and intimate without being too pushy, Language Lessons is a rare optimistic take towards the way we connect to each other through technology.

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