Stalled Love (2014) – By Misty Layne

Stalled Love is the latest short film by Breathe Editing (who also produced Charlie’s Bag and A Cup of Coffee). Featuring Sarah Nadeau and Steve Theiss, this short is quirky and adorable and full of fun. The premise is simple – A hapless young man struggles to overcome the divide between himself and his challenging girlfriend. And the divide referenced here isn’t just an emotional one but also a physical one.

While out to dinner one night, Lori gets furious with her boyfriend Eddie for flirting with another girl right in front of her. She makes every attempt to get away from him and to get him to go away till she finally locks herself in a stall in the women’s bathroom. Only problem is, Eddie has followed her in and locked himself into the adjacent stall. They fight and they argue and throw barbed quips at each other till Eddie finally ‘fesses up that the girl he was "flirting" with is the niece of his jeweler friend and the niece is only there to make sure that the ring and proposal he is desperately trying to give Lori work out. Except Lori doesn’t believe his story, even when he slides the ring box underneath the bathroom stall wall. So will she finally accept the truth or is it lights out for Lori and Eddie?

Sarah and Steve both do an excellent job with Steve being the funnier of the two due to his facial expressions and body distortions. And considering that the majority of the film is set in two bathroom stalls, the filming is quite well done giving us not only over the top, looking down shots of the two actors but also front facing shots with the wall between them which makes their emotional distance that much more poignant. In fact, the only problem I have with this film is why Eddie wants to marry Lori in the first place because she is seriously a horrible human being and possibly slightly deranged. Definitely not the best relationship I’ve ever seen on film.

If you’re looking to take a quick break from work or life and only have a few minutes to spare, you could do worse than checking out this fun flick. To learn more about Stalled Love, visit their IMDB page or website today!