Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Starting off the countdown of the Best Indie Films of 2015 is ‘Spring’. It’s a charming, zany romcom/horror hybrid that though disparate in genre and anatomy, was deftly woven together by director Justin Benson to concoct a compelling story. ‘Spring’ may be an unusual mash-up but that’s where it also gets its charm; from awkward situations, contrasting characters and discordant almost uneven pace.

Here, we have a lovelorn California sous-chef/journeyman Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci ) who flees to Italy to escape his troubles back home. He lands in a picturesque village in the Adriatic and meets an almost unattainable stunner named Louise (Nadia Hilker), who for some reason is also interested in him. He is obviously suspicious and understandably so, but he lets his emotions get the best of him.



Against stunning landscapes and breathtaking sceneries, their unlikely love story evolves into something meaningful, even worthwhile until it takes a turn for the worse, when Louise’s secret is finally revealed. That’s where the plot ventures into the dark side and the horror aspect of the film takes over.

One may argue that ‘Spring’s’ rambling plot is its own undoing but I disagree. It is in its disjointed storytelling that makes it disarmingly captivating, probably because even if the story can really get weirdly convoluted at times, the dialogue is not. It’s crisply written and some lines can even be mentally stimulating. It doesn’t hurt that Pucci and Hilker have great chemistry. Their quirky and compelling scenes together are worth the admission ticket.



‘Spring’ is a story about love, of finding it in the most unlikely person and inappropriate time, of taking risks and suspending disbelief or distrust; illuminated from two contrasting genres’ point of view. It’s ambitious and innovative and though it could get disconcerting in some aspects, in its entirety and especially in the grand scheme of things, ‘Spring’ is a wonderful, envelope-pushing piece of filmmaking. It’s not just a hybrid; it is a genre-bending passionate monster.





Evan’s (Lou Taylor Pucci) life is in shambles. This down-on-his-luck Californian sous-chef’s mother just died and he is in trouble with the law so he decides to flee to Italy to escape his troubles. While backpacking his way to the picturesque village in Southern Italy, he meets a gorgeous lady named Louise (Nadia Hilker). She’s weirdly mysterious but that doesn’t matter because she’s everything a man could want in a woman: sexy, flirtatious and most importantly, available. So definitely, Evan falls for her and to his surprise, she’s receptive of her as well. He’s suspicious of her motives at first but she ultimately succumbs to her charms. A romance ensues and it would seem like Evan’s luck is changing for the better. Until he discovers Louise’s dark secret. Nothing could prepare him for it or even for the things that will happen next. Will he run and hide again or will he stay and ride it out? He has a lot of questions in his mind that don’t necessary lend themselves to easy answers. All he knows is that he has found love and things are never the same again because sometimes, love can be a monster.