Step aside, Noah Baumbach! There’s a new filmmaker in the industry who has just made an explosive marital drama that almost resembles the work of the three-time Academy-Award nominee. Writer/director Robert Machoian does a tremendous job of telling this powder keg of a story in a way that’s jam packed with tension, authenticity, and raw human emotion.
The Killing of Two Lovers, which first premiered at Sundance 2020, follows David (Rectify‘s Clayne Crawford), who is desperately trying to keep his family together during a six-month separation form his wife, Nikki (played by Sepideh Moafi).
When Nikki gets into another relationship, David is forced to come to terms with it. But he struggles to accept the fact that his marriage may be over, especially since his children are encouraging to fight to save their family.
Crawford is spectacular in the role. His raw, visceral emotions make for a powerful and climatic film. The Killing of Two Lovers is a transfixing drama that’s carried by Crawford’s performance.
On a recent press day, AwardsWatch got to speak with Crawford about how he was able to exude so much passion and emotion into the role, and the harsh realities of life that leave humans questioning how far they will go for the people they love.
NEON will release The Killing of Two Lovers in theaters on May 14.