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‘Rye Lane’ Movie Review [Sundance 2023]: Walk-and-Talk Romance That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

The “walk-and-talk” filmmaking technique is where characters have a conversation while moving from one location to the next. Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy masterfully executed this storytelling technique thanks to impeccable writing and brilliant performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Raine Allen-Miller’s comedy, Rye Lane, is an absolute charmer, bringing its own unique flavor to the storytelling technique.

‘Rye Lane’ deals with the hurt of a breakup

'Rye Lane' David Jonsson as Dom and Vivian Oparah as Yas walking down a long hallway while smiling. Yas is pointing at Dom.
L-R: David Jonsson as Dom and Vivian Oparah as Yas | Chris Harris / Searchlight Pictures

Dom (David Jonsson) is on the edge of a breakdown after his girlfriend, Gia (Karene Peter), broke up with him. He happens to meet Yas (Vivian Oparah) when he’s embarrassingly sobbing in a public toilet stall while trying to mentally prepare himself for having an awkward meal with his now-ex. Gia cheated on him with his best friend, Eric (Benjamin Sarpong-Broni), and they want to clear their guilty conscience.



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