Synopsis by Mark Deming
Maverick director Mike Figgis once again offers a look at the grim underside of human relationships in this short feature. Darren (Daniel Lapaine) is a wealthy amateur racecar driver from London who has come to Istanbul to take part in the Gumball Rally, an annual underground road race. Darren is married, but he's hoping to find some action on the side while away from home, and he meets Rachel (Sophie Winkleman), an attractive woman who also comes from England. Darren gives her an invitation to a party for the Gumball racers and later lures her back to his hotel room, but what he doesn't know is that Rachel is suffering from severe depression and has decided to kill herself. While composing a suicide note, Rachel decides she wants one final night of decadence before taking her own life, which has led her to this assignation with Darren. However, Darren is self-centered enough that he barely acknowledges her enough to take her body when it's offered to him. Love Live Long was shot and written spontaneously while Figgis was himself in Istanbul for the Gumball Rally; the final product received its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
depression, hotel, party, race-car driver, suicide