‘Rye Lane’ Review [Sundance Film Festival]
Rye Lane is a film directed by Raine Allen-Miller with screenplay by Nathan Byron and Tom Melia. It stars David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah.
Dom (Byron) and Yas (Oparah) meet in the most unlikely place, the restroom of an art gallery, where Dom is in a stall crying over his ex who cheated on him with his best friend. Also dealing with a breakup, Yas joins Dom on an eventful day. The two travel throughout London, while eventually growing feelings for one another.
I loved the colors in this film, which were bright and popped. Throughout the film, there were a lot of different patterns, and textures, which I thought was really beautiful. There is also the constant utilization of some sort of fish-eye lens, which I think really brought more of the focus on the film’s two leads.
Jonsson and Oparah had a lot of charisma and chemistry, and it really made their two characters feel natural and believable. They each were unique but paired perfectly. I loved each of them and I really fell in love with the relationship that blossomed between the two. Additionally, each of the supporting characters were a lot of fun as well.
Rye Lane is well-paced, and really well written and directed. The dialogue is practically never-ending throughout, but it never felt tiring or forced. It usually takes me a lot to laugh, but this film made me laugh multiple times. Although it’s not the most unique story, it feels fresh and definitely worth a watch.