Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Two female college students fall in love in Bucharest. One of them is also having an incestuous relationship with her brother.
Alternate Titles: Legaturi bolnavicioase
Year: 2006
Duration: 86 min
Language: Romania, France/Romanian
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Writer: Razvan Radulescu, Cecilia Stefanescu
Starring: Maria Popistasu, Ioana Barbu, Tudor Chirila

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+Alt Tags+On the surface, Love Sick starts out as a love story between two Bucharest college students. Alex (Ioana Barbu) and Kiki (Maria Popistasu) play, study and spend most of their time together. They both seem head over heals for the other (although we rarely see overt affection, they do wake up in the morning together).

But Alex has another love in her life, one who throws her into emotional turmoil. In an uncomfortable twist, this story, based on real events in Romania, is about incest. Alex’s brother Sandu (Tudor Chirila) can’t stay away from his sister, and his jealousy of Kiki leads him to reveal their secret to the world.

We finally see the struggle between Alex and Sandu, and the pain it causes Kiki, but much of the film prior to this is tedious and uninteresting. From the opening shot, the elephant of incest in the room is hinted at, but we have to wait until the final minutes to deal with it.

The filmmaker’s synopsis implies that both lesbian and incestuous relationships may seem sick, but it’s all about love – and love hurts. Should we be bothered that he puts both on the same level?

Regardless, despite its initial promise, the film misfires to the point where I was checking my watch to determine when it might be time to escape the theater. (AB)