Happy Friday! For your weekend viewing pleasure, I highly recommend the wonderful Australian drama Love Me, which premiered in the US today.
“I want to know what love is. I want you to show me.”
— Julia Stone, Love Me soundtrack
Love Me is about love. Mostly about romantic love and relationships, but also about familial love, and and how loss, fear, courage, self-worth, sex, and more can affect one’s experience of love (or lack thereof).
At the center of the story are members of the Mathieson family: 30-something Clara (Bojana Novakovic, Instinct, Rake), her younger brother Aaron (William Lodder, Wakefield, Bali 2002), and their father Glen (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix, The Hobbit) — each of whom finds themself on a road they hadn’t thought they would be on after the death of wife and mother Christine (Sarah Peirse, Under the Vines).
For Glen, the Senior Love Romantica holiday that was meant to be shared by him and Christine to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary becomes a solo trip for him to an all-inclusive resort. But he is anything but alone, both during and after the trip, after meeting another solo traveler, Anita (Heather Mitchell, The Unusual Suspects, A Place to Call Home).
Back in Melbourne, Clara gets involved with Peter (Bob Morley, The 100, Home and Away), the handsome guy (a model, as it turns out) she met while on a candy-buying binge. He likes her, she likes him, and everything seems to be going swimmingly — until it isn’t. The same can be said for Aaron and his girlfriend, Ella (Shalom Brune-Franklin, Bad Mothers), but the bump in their relationship will have life-changing consequences.
Based on Älska Mig, the Swedish series written by Josephine Bornebusch, Love Me shows us how we are and how we can be when it comes to love, loving, and being loved — from being open to and welcoming of love, to wanting love but sabotaging ourselves from having it — all done with heart, humor, and authenticity.
The series costars Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven), Mitzi Ruhlmann (The Code), and Cecilia Low (Wentworth), and features a terrific, multi-genre soundtrack. Check it out!
Love Me is now streaming in the US exclusively on Hulu.
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