Romantic films that capture your heart as well as your attention are far and few between, but “Comfort,” the new film by William Lu, creates just such a scenario. Combine this with scrumptiously delicious cinematography and we have a delectable story about love, life, and relationships…and (you saw this coming) food.
Cameron (Chris Dinh) has a rare genetic disorder which essentially banishes him to the dark confines of his home during daylight hours. When his skin is exposed to UV light, the results are an extreme burn. His life, quite obviously and literally, is turned upside down as he develops into nocturnal young man who isn’t living up to his potential. However, his job, serendipitously, introduces him to the beautiful young and rebellious heiress to a hot sauce king. The two find themselves reluctantly falling in love, finding meaning in life and relationships, and helping one another reach their potential.
“Comfort” delves into young love as Cameron and Jasmine (Julie Zhan) flirt, withdraw, miscommunicate, and discover the future. Cameron has serious medical issues, a dead end job, and a heart of gold. Jasmine, on the other hand, has a silver spoon, but rejects it in persuit of her own unique goals. She struggles with her well-intentioned father and the three show us that it’s never too late to make changes in our life.
The film is filled with humorous accidents and heartbreaking miscommunications. Although you can probably guess the outcome of this film, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the actual ending. Lu is meticulous is developing his characters with realistic style. Their reactions and dialogue give you complete understanding from the character’s perspective. It’s this attention to detail as well as the ability to direct these talented actors that makes “Comfort” a standout film. It will bring those of us in our 40’s or 50’s back to a time that we would love to re-live with the wisdom we have now. Pair all of this with food truck heaven and Cameron’s culinary skills, and you have a heartwarming and comforting film that will leave you completely satisfied at the end. (If you want the recipe for the Vietnamese Coffee, just message me!)
Dinh and Zhan create believable characters with their natural chemistry and young-love conversations and hesitancies. Both actors embody a certain innocence and sincerity that captures your attention and your heart. Kelvin Han Yee’s (Martin) organic portrayal of a loving, yet conflicted father shines through. Bringing a bit of humor to the screen, other than the sometimes sweetly awkward dialogue between Dinh and Zhan’s characters, is Billy ‘Sly’ Williams as the always hungry yet demanding nighttime boss, who in his own way creates a father-like image for Cameron. This ensemble cast obviously clicks to create personalities you want to know and who you want to succeed.
“Comfort” is the perfect date movie for the 20- and 30- something age groups while we older people will enjoy recounting love lost, dreams fulfilled, and our own parental relationships. Finding a romantic film that isn’t sappy and undeniably unrealistic is difficult, but “Comfort” fits, well, quite comfortably in this romance genre.
For more information about this film, go to www.comfortmovie.com