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Reviewed by Ashley Moreno, March 16, 2012, Screens

Leave Me Like You Found Me

Emerging Visions
D: Adele Romanski; with Megan Boone, David Nordstrom

Cal (Nordstrom) recently reconciled with his ex-girlfriend, Erin (Boone). Early into a camping trip they both hope will end their yearlong hiatus, Erin says of an older couple they meet, "They were nice." Cal replies, "Everyone is nice on vacation." The comment feels ominous (or maybe just passive-aggressive). Either way, he's right – especially on a picturesque day in Sequoia National Park. Moments later, lingering challenges in their relationship become evident when the two find a way to start bickering anyway. Between Erin's questions about the year they spent apart, Cal's indifference, and a few camping-related challenges, the odds of long-term success seem slight. A lovely and sad meditation on the inability to control love in the face of practicality, Leave Me Like You Found Me follows two people (and their flask) as they decide between two seeming impossibilities: starting over together or moving on apart.

Wednesday, March 14, 1:45pm, Alamo Lamar C

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