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The Color Of Spring

Written by: Paul Andrew Kimball |   Directed by: Paul Andrew Kimball |  Genre: Romance/Thriller

 Sarah (Alexa Morden) is getting ready to hit the stage in her dressing room, and after repeating a mantra, she begins the show. The stage show is Macbeth and Sarah kills it; she’s an outstandingly gifted actor. After meeting up with her boyfriend Sam (Jamie Muscato) the couple joins the cast for some celebrating. But Sam gets lost in the shuffle, and as he waits outside, he meets Jordan (Holly Stevens), and she seems to be into him. Later, as Sam and Sarah walk home, Sam is angry and Sarah keeps apologizing. Shortly after, we are treated to a flashback, the first in a series that tell the backstory of these two love birds.

  Later in the film, it’s said that Sam is incredibly jealous of Sarah’s director Peter (Nathan Nolan), and we quickly learn his jealousy is not unfounded. It’s been obvious that Peter is crushing on Sarah, but he finally drops the charade and propositions her. Sarah rejects him, as politely as she can and heads home only to catch Sam and Jordan together in their bedroom. Ouch. The two break, up and Sarah goes to stay at a secluded house left to her by her mother. As all this is happening, there has also been an older lady taking it all in. I wonder what she has to do with all of this?

 A very short time passes, and Sam goes looking for Sarah, looking for her to make sure she is alright. But how could she be after what has happened? Sam decides it’s time to go see her, to try and repent for what he has done. He loves her, and she loves him. As the two slowly start to reconnect, they are accosted by a group of thugs, including Peter and Jordan. The Colour Of Spring could easily at this point, turn into  a horror movie, and in a way, it kind of does. But this all happens close to the end of the film, so I didn’t think Paul Andrew Kimball’s film was going to go fully into that territory. It could, but I doubted it. What does happen next is just as weird as a full switch to horror. As it turns out, that mysterious older lady plays a big part in what is to come, and to find out what that is, you’ll have to watch the film. There’s a lot of subtext going on here, from Sam thinking he’s been a failure to Sarah thinking the same thing about her acting. There’s the whole “getting caught up in something” element also happening, this is what drives Sarah to “accidentally” begin to pull away from Sam. It’s clear that for her, it’s unintentional, and for Sam, Sarah’s actions mixed with his own sense of insecurity had resulted in some very bad choices. But he does still love her, and she him. It’s this love that ultimately formulates the ending of the film. Facts on the table, I enjoyed the romance elements far more than the “other” stuff that happens in this movie, but I was more than a little bit surprised at what actually happened.

  The acting in The Colour Of Spring is fantastic. Alexa Morden and Jamie Muscato really pull off some outstanding performances. We could all be flies on walls watching as these two go about their daily routines. As for Nathan Nolan, Holly Stevens, and Ellie Heydon? Excellent work. The best friend is captured nicely, the bad is bad, and the shameful is shameful. I wish we could have seen more from the older lady who acts as the wraparound of sorts, because she was so good. But the performances are what really made this a great film, and I don’t think anyone would disagree. The Colour Of Spring was an excellent movie with a big secret. To find out what that secret is, follow the links below. Thank you for reading.

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