Loev may seem unsensational compared to many LGBT films from around the world, but in India, where homosexuality is punishable by law, this film is quietly revolutionary. In fact, the film was shot in complete secrecy to avoid any repercussions. First-time writer/director Sudhanshu Saria describes making this film “as a way to deal with a hurt I didn’t know how to process.” His film pulsates with the sad legacy of a national move to delegitimize love for certain people.
Sahil is a young Indian music producer who’s getting increasingly frustrated with his boyfriend, who seems incapable of taking anything seriously or remembering something as simple as paying a bill. When Sahil’s longtime friend Jai, now a Wall Street hotshot, reveals he’s heading to Mumbai for the weekend, Sahil drops everything to go and see him.
Heading off into the countryside and then back into the city, the duo delicately negotiate their feelings for one another. Over the course of the weekend, the amorous details of their relationship unfold, although their current life circumstances make a sexually fulfilling relationship impossible.
Loev is less about being denied something natural and more about that familiar, gender-neutral, and quintessentially human experience of interpreting a multitude of feelings that you cannot hope to understand. Loev creates a powerful portrait of unspoken histories that are at once personal and national.
Official Selection: 2016 SXSW