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Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past.

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Blue Jay movie full length review - A beautiful, moving film

So this guy returns from Tucson to settle up the loose ends of his mother's estate after her passing. He ends up shopping for some groceries in his beautiful but perpetually dead-end hometown and bumps into his ex-childhood sweetheart.

An awkward conversation takes place and before we know it, we're transported into the lives and shared history of the lovely but vulnerable couple. The black and white cinematography gives the film, which would normally be considered a perky romantic comedy, a sense of gravitas and loneliness. Be warned, this is one of those "slow moving talkies", where for many who crave Hollywood's violence, or crude humour, it feels as though nothing happens. This is not a film for the attention deficit disordered or cynical crowd. However, if you enjoyed the "Before" trilogy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind or other films that examine realistic human emotions under heartbreaking situations that arise from our messy human condition, Blue Jay is a very rewarding movie. Following the chance encounter at the grocery store, we follow Jim and Amanda to the Blue Jay diner where they have coffee and slowly reconnect. We can immediately sense there's still chemistry and unfinished business burning between the two - it sets up the second act with a yearning to discover what happened to the lovely couple. Ultimately we end up at Jim's mom's place where they reminisce about their high- school romance and slowly recapture the love and passion they once had for one another. The film isn't perfect, there are slightly cloying situations where the two play a "let's pretend we're married game", but it's a minor defect in a film that follows a beautiful and ultimately heart-breaking story with both Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson giving us a glimpse into life, love and loss between two likable but slightly damaged mid-life 40 year old's. Highly recommended and if you love it as much as I did, you really need to see Wim Wender's masterpiece Paris Texas with Harry Dean Stanton and Natasha Kinski.