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United States, Germany, 2017
Documentary, Drama, Romance


A real romance filmed over five years. Josephine and Zefrey simmer in the white hot apocalypse of first love until the throw of a dart finds them on a spontaneous trip to the Maldives and cracks open the question — is their love true or just a performance?.

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Flames Directed by Zefrey Throwell, Josephine Decker

Critics reviews

The filmmakers themselves don’t quite agree on whether Flames is fact or fiction, an issue touted as its premise, but the film is far more compelling as seen as the story of Decker. Though both Throwell and Josephine are equally in the spotlight, the movie is hers… It’s a grueling work in many ways, which leaves Josephine raw and exposed, but at least by co-authoring Flames she is offered some additional agency.
May 03, 2017
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We see Decker in a few decidedly unscripted moments of doubt and trepidation, but Throwell never lets us forget he’s an artist and a performer. On camera, he’s a manic goof-off, and when he lets down his guard, it’s usually to whine or act defensive. And as a director, he employs attention-getting trickery — dialogue muted with a blast of white noise; kaleidoscopic mirror effects; calendar dates scrawled in red paint — that diminishes any feeling of loss as the couple comes apart.
April 27, 2017
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For all of her influences, Decker has one of the most personal and recognizable aesthetics in contemporary cinema, an aesthetic that defies description, an expansive sense of staging that flirts with a true merging of stream-of-consciousness with pop. Flames exhilaratingly reveals a portion of this sensibility’s birth, in which notions of self and society and reality and illusion become indistinguishable, achieving a purity of resonant mystery.
April 23, 2017
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