The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival starts this week, and it will feature a great number of original narrative and documentary films from around the globe. In 2011, Tribeca awarded the Best Documentary Feature Award to Alma Har’el’s “Bombay Beach,” a poetic documentary that tells three personal stories set in the Salton Sea, through a blend of observational doc techniques and choreographed dance. “Bombay Beach” received positive notices from Indiewire, The New York Times, and even filmmaker Terry Gilliam.
This year, Har’el returns to the festival with “LoveTrue,” a lyrical, genre-bending documentary about how time and memory affect our perceptions of “true love,” and how our conception of it evolves along with our experiences. Executive produced by Shia LaBeouf (“Nymphomaniac,” “Transformers”) and featuring a hypnotic original score from Flying Lotus, “LoveTrue” follows three complex real-life relationships as they unfold in three corners of the country — Alaska, Hawaii, and New York City — in three very different ways. The film explores how each relationship contends with the various challenges that life poses, and how their love fades and brightens over time. Using a variety of styles, like employing non-actors to play each subjects’ younger and older selves, “LoveTrue” takes a long, hard look at love by treating it as the complicated, elusive thing that it is.