The drama "Lasting" opens with immense passion between a young couple. Of course they are both attractive; the majority of the time, it is the only way cinema serves up budding love onscreen. The viewer can only wish such feelings were lasting(after all, that is the name of the film), but unfortunately the film takes some very familiar roads once a challenge is presented to this relationship in infancy.
While Michal and Karina are hot and heavy for each other, their relationship sort of runs into a snag. Michal is out diving one afternoon, when a stranger stumbles upon him. The stranger claims that the property Michal is diving on is his, and he tells him to leave, with much hostility. When the stranger tries to lay claim to Michael's motorbike and diving equipment, things take a really nasty turn.
That turn should be the focal thread in the unraveling of Michal and Karina's relationship, but it is only one of the major twists thrust in the path of these two characters. However, this is somewhat inevitable: puppy love is puppy love. In that regard, the film is ground in reality, but it's the fact that so much of what "Lasting" presents has already been done before. And that makes the last half of the film somewhat frustrating. There's even the obligatory scene of 'I am going to get drunk/make bad choices to combat my strife.' That is a go-to that just shouts "lazy story development" from the rooftops.
The ending of "Lasting" poses some questions. The film ends without addressing at least one of its character plights. Is the viewer supposed to be happy? Sad? Either way, Michal and Karina's tale feels a little unfinished. If the strength of the first and second acts could have pushed through to the third, this would have been a winning romantic drama. As it stands, Michal and Karina seemed destined to a lifetime of boredom and mediocrity.