It’s A Love/Hate Thing

Synopsis

A ridiculous, intimate look at the end of a relationship in which a couple bicker and stumble about deciding whether to leave or stay.

Review

4/5
A comical breakup story.
Krishna Kolanupaka’s short dramedy ‘It’s A Love/Hate Thing’ takes a comedic look at the breakup of Mike (Dawson Wigle) and Jesse (Natalia Aranguren). Mike, out-of-the-blue and with a quality of cold narcissism, calls time on the relationship – much to his girlfriend’s surprise and confusion. We follow their journey through heartbreak, indecision and acceptance with humorous absurdity.

Paul Urrutia’s script is undeniably witty, sad, heart-warming and hopeful. It doesn’t shy away from highlighting the real psychological chaos a dumper and the dumpee experience – fear, shock, begging, desperation and indecisiveness. The film also handles hard-hitting themes such as abuse and mental health – albeit craftly intertwined with farcical moments. Dawson Wigle’s performance as Mike is mesmerising – built up by the unpredictability of his character. Natalia Aranguren, who plays Jesse, brings a relatable girl-next-door innocent quality and, in comedic terms, acts as Wigle’s comedic sidekick.

Its a LoveHate Thing Short Film
‘It’s A Love/Hate Thing’ incorporates several hilarious moments of comic relief, notably the unforeseen appearance of Mike’s evil maybe crazy sister (who bears witness to the break-up) and a crew member – whom she shrugs off during a tense scene. Krishna delivers a smart comedic short that is not only enriched with absurdity, but equally balanced with tender moments.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Krishna Kolanupaka
Writer(s): Paul S.Urrutia
Cast: Dawson Wigle, Natalia Aranguren
Producer(s): Krishna Kolanupaka
Director of Photography: Akshay Sinha
Editor(s):
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Specifications

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Subjects: Abuse, Anxiety, Breakup, Coming-of-age, Creativity, Depression, Family, Heartbreak, Love, Mental Health, Regret, Relationships, Satire
Country: Canada
Language: English
Year: 2021
Published in October 2021

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Krishna Kolanupaka
Writer(s): Paul S.Urrutia
Cast: Dawson Wigle, Natalia Aranguren
Producer(s): Krishna Kolanupaka
Director of Photography: Akshay Sinha
Editor(s):
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Subjects: Abuse, Anxiety, Breakup, Coming-of-age, Creativity, Depression, Family, Heartbreak, Love, Mental Health, Regret, Relationships, Satire
Country: Canada
Language: English
Year: 2021
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It’s A Love/Hate Thing

Synopsis

A ridiculous, intimate look at the end of a relationship in which a couple bicker and stumble about deciding whether to leave or stay.

Review

A comical breakup story.

4/5
Krishna Kolanupaka’s short dramedy ‘It’s A Love/Hate Thing’ takes a comedic look at the breakup of Mike (Dawson Wigle) and Jesse (Natalia Aranguren). Mike, out-of-the-blue and with a quality of cold narcissism, calls time on the relationship – much to his girlfriend’s surprise and confusion. We follow their journey through heartbreak, indecision and acceptance with humorous absurdity.

Paul Urrutia’s script is undeniably witty, sad, heart-warming and hopeful. It doesn’t shy away from highlighting the real psychological chaos a dumper and the dumpee experience – fear, shock, begging, desperation and indecisiveness. The film also handles hard-hitting themes such as abuse and mental health – albeit craftly intertwined with farcical moments. Dawson Wigle’s performance as Mike is mesmerising – built up by the unpredictability of his character. Natalia Aranguren, who plays Jesse, brings a relatable girl-next-door innocent quality and, in comedic terms, acts as Wigle’s comedic sidekick.

Its a LoveHate Thing Short Film
‘It’s A Love/Hate Thing’ incorporates several hilarious moments of comic relief, notably the unforeseen appearance of Mike’s evil maybe crazy sister (who bears witness to the break-up) and a crew member – whom she shrugs off during a tense scene. Krishna delivers a smart comedic short that is not only enriched with absurdity, but equally balanced with tender moments.

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