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Love Lies Bleeding

A reclusive gym manager falls for an ambitious bodybuilder, leading to violence and entanglement with his criminal family.


Why watch this film?

With Love Lies Bleeding, filmmaker Rose Glass cements herself as one of the promising directors in horror and fantasy. It may sound odd, but her second film is a crime and romance thriller that injects elements of body horror and surrealism, with results as captivating as they are controversial. Set in 1980s New Mexico, the story follows Lou (Kristen Stewart), a gym employee who falls in love with Jackie (Katy O'Brian), a bodybuilder passing through to a competition in Las Vegas. However, a tragedy pulls them both into the world of Lou’s criminal family, and violence becomes inevitable. Through its criminal plot and with a dark, twisted sense of humor also seen in Saint Maud, her previous movie, Glass satirizes romantic ideals that are incompatible with behavioral patterns that, for better and (mostly) for worse, get dragged into love relationships.

Lalo Ortega

Lalo Ortega

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Plot summary

Reclusive gym manager Lou (Kristen Stewart) falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family. A heart-thumping, muscle-pumping ride also starring Ed Harris, Dave Franco, and Jena Malone. From Director Rose Glass (Saint Maud) comes an electric thriller.

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No longer in theaters