The Transgressive Thrill Of ‘Love Lies Bleeding’

Kevin Gosztola
The Wide Shot
Published in
5 min readApr 1, 2024

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Screen shot from A24’s promotional trailer for “Love Lies Bleeding” | Fair use as it is included for the purpose of commentary and criticism

Although “Love Lies Bleeding” largely follows the template of most noir films, it is an edgy and surreal thriller that plays with genre conventions and takes risks that challenge the audience.

The “off-the-wall, rambunctious lesbian love story,” as it was billed by A24, is set in a small town in New Mexico. It revolves around Jackie (Katy O’Brian), a drifter and bisexual…

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Kevin Gosztola
The Wide Shot

Journalist, film/video college graduate, and movie fan. Previously published by Fanfare and Counter Arts. https://letterboxd.com/kgosztola/