Trust. What a word. A ridiculously twisted element of human relationships that can mean different things depending on what kind of agreement you have with your other half. At the end, we are human, and no matter what you express, we are part of nature itself. We will behave following instincts.
A film like Trust has all the tools to make you feel uncomfortable even if you’re not identified with pretty people making their lives in New York City. We don’t live their life. And we probably ever will. However, when our clothes come off we are part of a larger organism. One that feels and makes people decide. Some of those decisions are horrible.
In this fast tale of boundaries that should never be crossed, we face an important reality: people cheat. The reason is the stem of a rare and honest indie film that somehow manages to touch an inner, primitive and delicate part of us.
In New York City, a gorgeous couple seem to be on the top of their lives. Brooke owns an art gallery and her latest client is an explosive painter with lusty moves and too much attitude. He makes passes at her in front of everyone. She refuses every single time. Brooke’s husband, Owen, is a news anchor who admires his wife and supports her every time he can. Their relationship is stable. They’re actually looking to have a baby.
But a different pace sets them apart. Brooke receives text messages from the painter after midnight and Owen notices. He actually leaves his house in the middle of the night after an earlier discussion. When Brooke leaves for Paris for work, and Owen stay home, he meets a girl in a bar. She’s suspiciously frontal with her intents. In Paris, Brooke is faced with the temptation of being close to the painter.
But some things are not what they seem. Definitely not. Behind the wrongful intents, the suspicious looks and the horrific lack of trust, a couple faces the most hurtful distrust you can imagine. And they have brought it upon themselves.
What’s surprisingly good about the film is how simple it is. And it should be. Sure, the setting looks fancy and some elements are unrealistic, but that doesn’t tamper with the dark nature of a plot direction. We understand some infidelity is inevitably portrayed or hinted at in the film. But when going further into the character study of the second act, events are revealed that makes us plunder into some pessimistic and bleak setting. You will begin to wonder if this can happen to you, and I’m positive this is a feeling the script had to awake in us.
Also, there isn’t a good or bad side. Morals are not part of equation and ethics seem to drift afar in a technology-infested world. Yes, those things that you swore you would never do, appear in the film as normal. But let’s be honest, even if you swore you would never, you actually did.
In Trust, Brooke and Owen portray horrible version of themselves. They even break the mold they presented at first and accelerated the downfall of their relationship. A recovery is always possible, but honesty must prevail, and sometimes the truth is simply unacceptable for some. There isn’t a real consequence or a moral that applies to the story. This is just a further step into analyzing a story we’ve that dared to go past its cookie cutter principles and portray something real. Perhaps, we haven’t all cheated but all of us have been tempted to do so. Sometimes that crossroads is a crucial point to evaluate a certain direction your life is taking.