METAL MAGAZINE EU: SIGNS OF LOVE- Do you remember sounds?
October 26, 2022
"“What happens when you lose everything? You start again, you start again". These lines from Maximo Park's hit Apply Some Pressure come to mind after watching Signs of Love, Clarence Fuller's first film. The film portrays the story of Frankie and his family members struggling to survive in a neighbourhood where the law of the street still reigns. But the film not only wisely portrays the depths of institutional violence, but it also reflects on life's opportunities and destinies.
Fortunately, film and cinema remain perfect tools to unite audiences with stories that help us learn about ourselves, about our world, and provides us with beautiful art that shows us the stories in so many different ways. This time, Signs of Love is a meticulous exercise that portrays the reality in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, where this story takes place. Fuller succeeds in narrating people's lives within a challenging social context. But beyond that, the film successfully eschews American clichés and examines the possibilities of life's opportunities.
Starring real-life siblings Hopper Jack Penn (Flag Day), Dylan Penn (Flag Day, Elvis & Nixon), and daughter and mother Zoë Bleu and Rosanna Arquette (The L Word, Ratched, Crash), along with Cree Kawa and Wass Stephens, Signs of Love depicts the life of Frankie, a young man from North Philadelphia, who dreams of a better life and is responsible for the welfare of his father, sister and nephew. He deals drugs in a place where crime is the order of the day. He is a good soul who suddenly meets Jane, a deaf girl, with whom he falls in love; a character who embodies the projection of a better future, a decent life. Frankie and Jane relationship breaks the class barrier and renders love as the turning point of the film; learning to love oneself by falling in love with another person."