The Space Between the Lines (2019) – Movie Review
26th May 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
The film begins with the introduction of two leading characters. Firstly, we are introduced to Leo (Alexander Fehling), who has complications with his current relationship, leading to him being heartbroken and frustrated. While attempting to mend and save his relationship with his partner, Leo receives an e-mail from an unknown person named Emma (Nora Tschirner), who is simply trying to cancel a subscription from a newspaper company. As Leo’s e-mail address is very similar, she sends it to him by error. Leo is kind enough to explain to Emma that she has the wrong e-mail address and is not the first person to do so. Soon the two begin to exchange small amounts of text via e-mail, and an unlikely new friendship begins.
We first see the perspective of Leo’s world when it comes to messaging Emma, including his reactions and soon his interest in her. Naturally, in due time, the film allows us to see Emma’s world, filled with a few surprising details. As their friendship grows, we get to witness Leo and Emma tackling several challenges in the present day and from their past. Can their new friendship grow into something bigger? Will, they remain friends or will they walk away from each other?
Performances by both leads are pretty touching, and I found the characters enjoyable throughout the film’s entire duration. The soundtrack has a mighty part to play with my enjoyment of this film, and I felt it certainly helped with the film’s vibes and themes. As for negatives, I can admit that the film’s runtime had some moments that felt slowed down, and some of the plot details felt repetitive. There was also on-screen nudity, which felt highly unnecessary.
Overall, this is a heartfelt and touching film. Two strangers form an unlikely friendship via e-mail, which only grows into something far more substantial. I was excited as the film had endless possibilities as to which direction it could take. Thankfully, there were moments that I found surprising and wonderful with only a couple of negatives, such as the runtime, which I certainly felt while viewing. Those who enjoy such films as Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail will most certainly enjoy watching this romantic drama film.
The Space Between the Lines (2020) is Available in Cinemas from June 2nd!