When dancer Elena (Greta Grineviciute) meets sign language interpreter Dovydas (Kestutis Cicenas), they are immediately drawn to each other. But the relationship that organically develops between them must fit around their conflicting needs: Elena is sensual and physical; Dovydas is asexual, unable to experience sexual attraction. The second feature from Lithuanian director Marija Kavtaradze, Slow is a supremely confident piece of filmmaking that negotiates the tricky terrain of non-typical sexualities with sensitivity, humour and a refreshing lightness of touch.
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
Can we love someone without sex? Slow undulates pianissimo (over several seasons) around its sentimental melodic motif. For it is above all about bodies, tenderness, sensations, glances, sincerity and exchanges. A lacework of intimate micro-variations progressively digging into the heart of the plot (written by the director) which registers echoes in Elena’s dance rehearsals (“it’s cool that we’re so close without colliding – let’s try changing the tempo”). And a film that naturally also owes a lot to its two main performers and to Laurynas Bareiša’s delicate photography.
Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa