Every relationship needs work to thrive—but that makes it easy to forget that you’ll find a shared effortlessness at the heart of the deepest friendships and romances. Four years after Paris Can Wait, Eleanor Coppola returns with a charming triptych of stories exploring love in all of its forms, and coaxes a simmering chemistry from her star-studded ensemble. She and co-writer Karen Leigh Hopkins render each relationship’s obstacles with a light touch and naturalistic ease: one married couple (Joanne Whalley and Chris Messina) finds an unconventional way to transcend long distance through technology, and another (Kathy Baker and Marshall Bell) tries to reignite their honeymoon-phase heat through a spontaneous sailing trip.
But Coppola broadens the scope in her third story, in which a tragic loss brings together a disparate group (including Cybill Shepherd, Rosanna Arquette, and Rita Wilson) for a memorial meal hosted by their mutual friend’s daughter (Maya Kazan). All three pieces coalesce in a poignant and exuberant ode to the myriad ways in which one life can touch another, with an understated affection for the mistakes we sometimes make along the way.—Dan Hunt
Eleanor Coppola shot the documentary footage for the Emmy Award®-winning Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. She has made documentaries on seven films directed by her family. In 2016, Eleanor directed her first feature film, Paris Can Wait. Love is Love is Love is her second feature.