Drama Eye on Juliet

'Eye on Juliet' TIFF 2017 Review: A promising premise, but this unconventional romance ultimately misses its mark

September 8, 2017Britany Murphy

Relationships are never easy, but it’s especially complicated when you’re trying to interact with someone with the use of a hexapod robot meant to protect oil pipelines.

After Gordon (Joe Cole) finds himself on the receiving end of a bad breakup, he doesn’t exactly know how to cope. He tries his luck with dating apps but finds himself distracted, especially after seeing a girl through the camera of his hexapod. The girl he sees is Ayusha (Lina El Arabi), who is going through her own struggles. She’s in love but her family doesn't know, and if they did, they would forbid it, as they’re making arrangements to marry her off to someone else. Ayusha wants nothing more than to escape and, eventually, Gordon is her only way out.

Directed by Kim Nguyen (Two Lovers and a Bear), Eye on Juliet begins promisingly enough, thanks to an interesting premise and some intriguing characters. Yet, by the time the film reaches its climax, it loses its carefully-established charm and its narrative begins to stretch the bounds of plausibility.

Eye on Juliet is receiving its North American premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 30 min.

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