Loveland

Ivan Sen’s audacious experiment in science fiction
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ABR Arts 22 March 2022

Loveland

Ivan Sen’s audacious experiment in science fiction
by
ABR Arts 22 March 2022
Ryan Kwanten and Jillian Nguyen in <em>Loveland</em>
Ryan Kwanten and Jillian Nguyen in Loveland

After a decade spent redefining Australian outback noir with Mystery Road (2013), Goldstone (2016), and their ABC TV offshoots, writer–director Ivan Sen turns his attention to a semi-futuristic Asian metropolis in Loveland, retaining his lean directorial focus while delving into even headier philosophical territory. His new film is a strange beast indeed – daring, beautiful, frequently confounding. Those expecting breakneck cyberpunk action will likely head home disappointed – the genre worlds Sen’s characters inhabit are usually more prison than playground – but those with the patience to indulge this alluring and moody experiment should find much to admire.

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