Geek Lab Review
Love Me follows Western men and Ukrainian women as they embark on an unpredictable and riveting journey in search of love through the modern "mail-order bride" industry.
Finding love is not an easy process. For many, it’s almost an impossible undertaking. When the traditional methods of finding someone within our social circles fails, we turn to untraditional methods. The business of love is certainly non-traditional and takes many forms including online dating, mobile apps, and millionaire matchmakers.
Release Date: February 10 on VOD
Rated: Not Rated
Director: Jonathon Narducci
Running Time: 1:34
In his documentary, Love Me, Jonathon Narducci explores the business of mail order bride. The movie follows American customers, international dating businesses (A Foreign Affair and Elena’s Models) and the Ukrainian brides themselves through the process of international matchmaking.
My exposure to the world of “mail order brides” is purely limited to my passive exposure on television and film. I envisioned desperate socially awkward men going to questionably legitimate businesses and introduced to women desperate to leave their third world lives for the hope of legally coming to their dream of heaven, the United States.
Narducci’s Love Me does what a documentary needs to do, by opening its audience to a world they knew nothing about and gave an honest perspective on the subject. At first, I was concerned that Love Me would become a 90-minute infomercial for the mail order bride business.
Narducci introduces us to a half-a-dozen men at various points in their lives when it comes to love. These men are on the spectrum of love from the socially-awkward who has a hard time socializing with women in general to the newly widowed man unwilling to “play the dating game.”
Two companies highlighted in Love Me are A Foreign Affair and Elena’s Models. The movie follows men who have subscribed to the website and began corresponding with potential brides in the Ukraine. It also follows men to have decided to go on a matchmaking tour of the Ukraine, hoping to find love at various dances and singles events.
Are these services legitimate or a scam? Are the Ukrainian women looking to find the fast track to the United States? Yes, no and probably is how Narducci answers these question. Love Me is an excellent documentary that manages to look at multiple aspects of Mail-Order Bride services. Ultimately, we learn that people are people with real emotions, real desires and a real need to find companionship that is right for them.