It's Slipping Now: End of Love Trailer

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It's Slipping Now: End of Love Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 3, 2012 | Comments ()


End of Love is a low budget indie affair about a single dad trying to make it after his wife has died. Mark Webber wrote, directed, and starred in the film, but what's really getting the attention is the performance of his son in the film. That would be his toddler, who plays himself and was never told that he was in a movie. That's a novel way to get a genuine performance out of a kid, and has been getting all sorts of praise like "searing and honest."

Here's the trailer:

And here's where I vent rage.

Oh this might be searing, but it is the antithesis of honest. This is in its own way a more disturbing and screwed up film than any number of torture porn movies. Those at least were fictional in their portrayal of horror. This is emotional pornography at the expense of a child.

Webber's wife, and his son's mother, is still alive and kicking. The kid was just put through weeks of strange people hanging around with cameras rolling while his father acted as if his mother had just died. Weeks of a kid not understanding what the hell was going on in his life other than the fact that his father was acting catastrophically sad. I don't care that they didn't feed the kid lies. The fact that they made a film about his responses to his father's sadness is testament to the kid's guileless acceptance that if his dad was acting like something was wrong, then something must actually be wrong. Your job is to take care of your kid, to make him feel safe in this fucked up world. Instead, you convinced him the world wasn't okay and filmed the results. Instead you pretended something terrible had happened in order to get your kid to respond on camera for your fucking movie.

Oh but you got your searing indie movie out of the deal. As exploitative and screwed up as all that Honey-boo-boo reality show crap is with children shoved in front of cameras, at least that material has the fundamental decency to tell the kids involved that they are being used. You have lied to your child and exposed him to infinite sadness so that you can edit his emotions into something to get you into film festivals.

Congratulations, you win asshole father of the year. Here's your trophy (it's designed to go up there sideways).

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  • Popcorn Lewis

    Listen, y'all need to calm down. I worked on this movie. I am not friends with Mark or anything so this isn't coming from any loyalty to him although he is a good guy. Isaac was never told his mom was dead nor was he ever kept from her. I had serious misgivings when I started, but after meeting Mark and the others involved those were put to rest. And I have to say I am very proud of this project. There weren't a bunch of strangers surrounding him. There was a the DP/'A' cam operator, the 'B' cam operator, and a sound guy for the most part. I'm not going to get into all the ways the filming of this movie was NOT fucked up. Isaac is a super smart and well adjusted kid and Mark is NOT a horrible father. I normally don't comment on any posts that involve projects I work on (trust me Pajiba does not like a lot of the stuff I've worked on but I love Pajiba!), but this one was just too much.

  • MrPA

    Agreed. I was disgusted when I heard about this movie.

  • Jill

    I don't mean this to be too off-topic, but there is a child actor named Ryan Simpkins who has starred in some films that have required some pretty heavy work for an 8yo (Revolutionary Road, Gardens of the Night, etc...). Every time a see a film of hers where her character is being, oh I don't, f***ing abducted and raped for a decade (GOTN), I feel physically ill. Not just for the subject matter (although that alone could do it), but because no matter how carefully the film has been shot, no matter how in the dark people have kept her about the true subject matter, I just keep feeling that perhaps, years from now, she will still feel in some way violated. I know this is not the exact same context as the film you are referring to above, but it still feels wrong in some way. Granted, I think these films do a helluva a job of conveying their messages, but it just makes me feel a bit angry with myself afterwards. Like I have somehow contributed to it. I dunno, maybe I'm just being too "weak"?
    And, hot damn you are correct Bedewcrock, Ponette will Fuck. You. Up.

  • Bedewcrock

    First: Never see Ponette. That shit is heart wrenching and I can't believe what they put that kid through.

    Secondly: here's an interview with Mark Webber. He talks a little about the process like between takes they'd go play and I don't think he kept him away from his mom. I'm not defending him but I'm not sure it's as bad as it seems from this trailer (at least I hope not).

    So I'll just leave this here:

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  • Wednesday

    Kids that age don't get the concept of death. They simply don't. So whether or not the kid thought his mother was dead isn't the problem with this movie.

    Kids ARE frightened and confused by emotional turmoil in their parents, and they don't understand very well the lines between reality and pretending. Webber was subjecting his son needlessly to fear and confusion, for the purposes of making a movie.

    It's not such a huge stretch between this and the idiots who stage a crotch-kick so their "accident" can be on America's Funniest Home Videos. How honest and real is that?

  • name

    Honestly, I think this is not as vile a deed as you're making it out to be. I don't know the process that went on behind the scenes, but I doubt they tried to convince the child that his mother was dead, and I'm sure they would take the child away for the more emotional moments (even in the trailer you can see the shots where the father is crying over his wife's grave is cut in a way that would allow the child to be removed from the set). There is a kind of art to handling kids, and if this was done right, with a basic amount of subtlety that a toddler wouldn't be able to register coupled with regular times between takes where the parents give the kid time away from the acting, I could even see this as being a fun experience for the boy.

    If they did crassly manipulate his emotions, filming him crying over his dead mother while his real mother watched from behind the camera, or have his father screaming and crying while injecting himself with heroin while the kid holds the needle steady, then I say round up the torches.

  • Let's organize an old-fashioned posse, round up this Webber guy for some Justice. Surely, after all the fawning and kneeling (JRob, that's you!) in front of Olyphant, he'll put that hat on and come along. We can film the capture, trial and lynching, put out a movie and give SLW a grant.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    I didn't even watch the trailer. How could anyone do that to a kid, much less his own? What a dick.

  • Maguita NYC

    Someone went on a downvoting binge... Here's an upvote, for I absolutely agree with you.

    It surprises me the level of tolerance in today's society regarding raising one's kids:
    You get stared at with obvious censure if your 7 year-old daughter is bathing in a two-piece suit, yet the likes of Honey-Boo-Boo and this piece of trashy asshole of the year are tolerated. Even celebrated.

    Basic decency margins have become conveniently negotiable to suit one's, or heck even a group's, money-making needs.

    Would still like to know what the mother thought of the whole process...

  • Now that right there is a whole new flavor of douchebag.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Well, there's no time like the first three years to teach a child that everyone will lie to them (pardon me, omit telling them the truth) and that they can trust no one.

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