Judging from the trailer below, Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s latest flick You Instead may fill an untapped need: mad-cap romp for hipsters. The premise: in a world where boys and girls sport the same jeans, eye-liner, and scraggly hair, it’s easy to see how personalities collide. Especially when male rock-star (Luke Treadaway) and his female rocker rival (Natalie Tena) are handcuffed together—seemingly as some sort of punishment for golf-cart thievery.
Filmed on the fly over four days at Scotland’s sprawling music festival T In The Park, the movie opens September 16th in the UK, with no U.S. distributor signed on as yet, although this one has Sony Pictures Classics all over it. Early reviews and trailer below.
Variety gave it a rave out of Berlin. So did Screen, which called it “frothy and fun.” SXSW reviews were more mixed: Pajiba’s headline: Big Cheesy Romance, Small Indie Budget.” THR: “romance uses a real-world music fest as backdrop for thinly plotted story of bad behavior.” Gordon and the Whale: “incredibly fun and invigoratingly vital.”
[Hat Tip: ThePlaylist. ]