Love Story

Love Story

Love Story

Florian Habicht's (Kaikohe Demolition) award-winning documentary (kind of, it's also a drama and a comedy and a romance) about love, cake and New York City, which brought the house down on the opening night of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

"Habicht and Masha Yakovenko make a gorgeous duo in Love Story, in which the director-actor plays himself, a Kiwi Film-maker in New York, who meets a Russian woman (Yakovenko) on the subway, falls in love, and convinces her to make a movie about their blossoming romance. Although how much of it is real is for the audience to decide... what ever the case, the movie looks to catapult the eccentric filmmaker to new heights." -Scott Kara, Canvas Magazine.

"It follows Florian, in New York, as he pursues Masha - a beauty he spies on the subway one day, carrying a single slice of cake on a plate. Infatuated, Florian asks the people of New York, a psychic and his dad (via Skype) for advice on love and also "What should happen next in the movie?" You've never seen a film like this." -Flicks.co.nz NZIFF 2011 Review.

Winner of Best Feature Film, Director and Editing at the NZ Film Awards 2011.
2011Rating: M, contains sexual themes92 minsNew Zealand
ComedyDocumentaryDramaRomance
Director:
Florian Habicht ('Kaikohe Demolition', 'Woodenhead', 'Land of the Long White Cloud', 'Rubbings from a Live Man')
Writer:
Florian HabichtPeter O’DonoghueThe People of New York City
Cast:
Masha YakovenkoFlorian HabichtFrank Habicht
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Reviews & comments

Florian, I love thee

What a quirky, inspiring film. What a quirky, inspiring performer and director. A beautiful film that makes me proud to be a Kiwi.

5.0
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hey that movie is awesome.

i really felt i was part of it just by watching. A high speed car chase of fascinating characters and delicious image making.

5.0
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Made me smile inside

Even though I fell asleep briefly, I left with a warm feeling. Initially I was underwhelmed, but loved the feel of NYC & the real NYC people woven into the story.

3.0
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loved it

Just brilliant. I enjoyed the movie and the random introduction given before the screening.

5.0
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I Love "Love Story"

So funny, sweet, weird and interesting!! Awesome to see New York and meet the people too.

4.0
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DISARMING LOVE

Florian Habicht has a masterful way of extracting the magic from any given subject: his open heart and big smile disarms even the most tired soul and makes them open up in ways that surprise both us and them. So a collaboration between this film-maker and the crazy city of New York is already set to produce fabulous fireworks and intimate magic. In 'Love...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The film's charm has a slightly unsettling side too: at one point we sense that Masha and Florian may have different perceptions of what's happening - and our own may be one of theirs, or another perspective altogether. It's an entirely intentional bending of the rules and part of what you might call a dark playfulness that has distinguished everything this unique and original film-maker has done. This deserves to become a Kiwi classic...

5.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Habicht’s deft hand weaves together all of Love Story’s wayward strands into a single joyous, effusive tapestry, which graces the screen beautifully in its own riotous fashion.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The film's charm has a slightly unsettling side too: at one point we sense that Masha and Florian may have different perceptions of what's happening - and our own may be one of theirs, or another perspective altogether. It's an entirely intentional bending of the rules and part of what you might call a dark playfulness that has distinguished everything this unique and original film-maker has done. This deserves to become a Kiwi classic...

5.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Habicht’s deft hand weaves together all of Love Story’s wayward strands into a single joyous, effusive tapestry, which graces the screen beautifully in its own riotous fashion.

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Florian, I love thee

What a quirky, inspiring film. What a quirky, inspiring performer and director. A beautiful film that makes me proud to be a Kiwi.

5.0
0

hey that movie is awesome.

i really felt i was part of it just by watching. A high speed car chase of fascinating characters and delicious image making.

5.0
0

Made me smile inside

Even though I fell asleep briefly, I left with a warm feeling. Initially I was underwhelmed, but loved the feel of NYC & the real NYC people woven into the story.

3.0
0

loved it

Just brilliant. I enjoyed the movie and the random introduction given before the screening.

5.0
0

I Love "Love Story"

So funny, sweet, weird and interesting!! Awesome to see New York and meet the people too.

4.0
0

DISARMING LOVE

Florian Habicht has a masterful way of extracting the magic from any given subject: his open heart and big smile disarms even the most tired soul and makes them open up in ways that surprise both us and them. So a collaboration between this film-maker and the crazy city of New York is already set to produce fabulous fireworks and intimate magic. In 'Love...

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