“The landscapes and exteriors are key to the desperation shared among the characters. Machoian and cinematographer Oscar Ignacio Jiménez shoot in a forgotten, barren part of the American West where a sense of loneliness seeps into everyone’s bones. The Killing of Two Lovers drains the area of infrastructure and institutions—the scenes are empty roads, houses far apart, and snow-capped mountains in the distance—until family is what matters most.”

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