What if, for a moment, conservative worldview was suddenly infiltrated by the idea that heterosexuality was sinful, and that homosexuality was the only God ordained relationship in our world? Personally, I’ve always wondered what life would be like if the tables were turned. Director, Kim Rocco Shields make this idea come to life in her film Love Is All You Need?
Taking place in a rural small town, star quarterback, Jude (Briana Evigan) finds herself falling in love with Ryan (Tyler Blackburn), a romance severely forbidden by her community, particularly by the local Reverend Rachel (Elisabeth Röhm). We grow to know a young girl named Emily (Kelly Williams), who is thoughtful, sensitive, and artistic, navigating self discovery and an innocent crush for her friend, Ian (Jacob Rodier).
The town, charming and conservative, is frequently disrupted throughout the developing story, while close-minded townspeople and judgmental religious influence trap the main characters, keeping them from expressing their true selves.
Love is All You Need? paints a vivid picture of what life is like living in the margins, carrying hearts full of love, longing to burst forth in freedom, while feeling frozen in fear at the idea of others’ intolerance. Highly recommending this film to those on the journey, or those having already walked the journey, and especially to those who seek to understand what the journey is like as an LGBT person in today’s society.