I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die
Betty is a young mother-of-two, living below the poverty line and sharing a house with ten others in suburban Colorado Springs. Resilient and emotionally sensitive, Betty is nonetheless continually tested by the realities of her daily life; mounting debts, a troubling partner and the expectations of motherhood. With uncertainty always looming on the horizon, Rødbro’s privileged and inquisitive footage gently observes the female camaraderie and fleeting moments of joy that illuminate these marginalised lives.
Soaking into the skin of its characters, I LOVE YOU I MISS YOU I HOPE I SEE YOU BEFORE I DIE presents a delicate collage of domesticity far from bliss, but imbued with love. Allowing the articulate and sometimes unexpected thoughts of Betty and her friends to guide the film, Rødbro journeys through the landscapes that have defined their lives. From the sprawling strip-mall parking lots on the edge of their town, then home to cluttered kitchens and the freedom and wonder afforded in a simple, unkempt backyard, this empathetic film glimpses hope where there was once only trauma.
Equal parts severe and dreamlike, I LOVE YOU I MISS YOU I HOPE I SEE YOU BEFORE I DIE lingers in the mind as an evergreen study of the pain of poverty and the mercurial power of the human heart.