FIRST LOOK: Poster and trailer for Sundance heartbreaker 'Like Crazy' -- EXCLUSIVE

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One big problem with Hollywood “true-love” stories is there’s often very little “truth” in them.

Then along comes a movie like Like Crazy — an indie, not a studio picture — where the relationship is allowed to be so real, so subtle, and so heartfelt that it almost feels voyeuristic. Like a love note you find, and probably shouldn’t read, but …

That was the experience many had at Sundance watching director and co-writer Drake Doremus’ film at Sundance this year, about two star-crossed lovers (Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones) who fall intensely for each other in college only to find themselves separated by a continent and an ocean, but bound — hopefully — by something stronger.

When the movie’s first screening at Sundance ended, there weren’t just a lot of tear-streaked faces, but a lot of thumbs texting loved ones from afar. “This guy came up to me right after and he just broke down and said he’d just talked to the ex-girlfriend he hadn’t spoken to in five years, just there, there in the audience,” Doremus recalls. “He said, ‘The movie inspired me to act on something I’ve been feeling and thinking for many years.’ I was blown away.”

Like Crazy won Sundance’s grand jury prize and a best actress award for Jones, while Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush bought the distribution rights for $4 million. Come Oct. 28, when it debuts in limited release, it’ll start playing to the masses.

But Like Crazy is one of those movies that will inevitably find its audience through word of mouth, just like the beautiful but shy friend you know others will swoon for if you just make the right introduction

So here it is — that intro: the first look at Like Crazy‘s trailer and a poster with an almost subliminal message, after the jump.

You can tell right away that these two have that falling-into-you kind of passion, that kind of dating-honeymoon phase when you just can’t keep your hands off each other, but look closer and you’ll see that the beach they’re walking on can’t exist. “It’s very subtle, but there are London elements on Felicity’s side of the poster, and Los Angeles elements on Anton’s. It kind of brings the worlds together,” Doremus says.

Of course, the drama of the movie is that they can’t join those worlds so easily.

After falling for each other while Felicity’s character was in Los Angeles on a student visa, a tentative romance blossoms before graduation, then summer, and then immigration policy intervenes — which the young couple just ignore, until … well, until they can’t anymore. Then she finds herself banned from returning to the states, just as he finds himself locked into a job that restricts him from packing up and following her.

There are a lot of things that can derail young love: financial pressures, distance, but most of all expectation.

Like Crazy is the same way. It’s one of those movies, like the Irish musician romance Once or (500) Days of Summer, you don’t want to overhype, but find yourself risking that anyway just because it needs that enthusiasm to make people discover it.

Just ask yourself this: Ever been madly, wildly, desperately in love and found yourself separated from that person, at great distance for long periods of time, and all you have to hang onto is the idea of “someday …”?

Watch this. And excuse me. I … I just have something in my eye …

On Twitter: @Breznican

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  • Vanessa

    I was certain that the guy in the poster was Adam Brody. Well, I’ll watch it anyway.

    • Nathan

      I’m sure I speak for anyone who enjoys good movies when I say thank God it isn’t Adam Brody.

      • Tim

        I love you.
        I miss you.
        I need you.
        I can’t stand you.

      • Lex

        hahahah agreed

  • kween everything

    Oh how cute!!! More pretty white kids falling in love. Oh Hollywood! You so original!

    • True

      U.S population is 75% white. What do you expect?

      • Tim

        And he threw it on the ground. He’s not part of this system. You must think he’s a joke.

      • Love and let live

        Obivious race baiter. Stop feeding the trolls. they just want to incite anger and more often than not the people writing comments about a particular race I suspect in fact are that race in question. I give them an A for Effort. Nice try put no cigar

    • Mike

      First of all, your post is seething with racism. Bravo. Second, the film was independently-funded. Good post though.

  • Shawn

    It would be totally awesome If I could hear anything they were mumbling.

    • melissa

      Agreed!

    • Jose

      Why do people keep complaining about that? I could hear them both just fine.

    • Nathan

      Sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher and her boyfriend mwahmwahmwah mwah mwah

    • m1

      Paramount should release a higher quality trailer. They should keep this one, but increase the volume a bit…or a lot.

  • The Dude

    I’ve read in a couple of places that this plays out like a cross between “500 Days of Summer” and “Blue Valentine.” I liked the former and adored the latter (despite how depressing it ended up being), so I’m chalking this one down as a must-see.

  • Love and let live

    Aton is and will always be a grade a hottie. love him

  • John

    I laughed.
    I got a little bored.
    I laughed.
    I cried.
    I would recommend this to anyone!
    It is a fantastic movie, but sadly won’t make a big splash. It is very “Indy.”

  • Amanda

    I am really surprised that the writer, Benjamin York Jones, my nephew is not mentioned anywhere.

  • Angela

    This sounds sort of like an indie version of One Day. It sounds like my kind of movie. Love Anton Yelchin.

  • Kaitlyn

    i want to read the book before the movie comes out!!
    does anybody know what book its based off of? or if theres even a book..

  • janneth

    I saw the trailer yesterday with my Daughter, and unfortunately she is living the same situation ,not for inmigration problems just for the distance and she is really in love with a european guy was so hard because she was crying … so this things happen more ofen than we can imagen

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