Perhaps the most difficult thing in life is to invest one’s trust and dedication to something as complex as love and marriage. Committed is a heart-warming comedy about a young woman who carries through her pledge of love and devotion to the one she loves. The film examines the meaning of love, marriage and self-identity. To Joline, the young owner of a hard rock club, marriage is more than sacred. A ring-shaped tattoo on her finger represents her vow of lifelong devotion to the conventional signification of the wedding ring. Her life takes a drastic turn when her husband disappears with only a note left to confirm his departure. Unable to accept her husband’s decision, she sets off on a journey to find him. But when she does, in the desolate prairies of Texas, it only makes matters worse. Despite her husband’s rejection, Joline decides to become her husband’s shadow, to ‘protect’ him, a gesture of either stupidity or courage.
Heather Graham, who starred in Boogie Nights and Austin Powers 2, gives a great performance as the hard-headed Joline. Through Joline, the filmmaker seems to be suggesting that a higher level of devotion can only be achieved when one finds oneself. The vast Texan horizons set against the outcrops of cactus are eye-catching. (Nam In-young)
Lisa KruegerLisa Krueger
Lisa Krueger is a versatile filmmaker who has made her mark in both shorts and features. Manny and Lo, her first feature film, about two sisters in search of a family, premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Open Pal Award from the Independent Feature Project. Krueger’s short Best Offer premiered at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival and won awards at several other festivals, including San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and Oberhausen.