Did My Sister's Keeper and The Notebook just take on sinister undertones?
No, but Yellow, the latest film from Nick Cassavetes (the burly director of the aforementioned tearjerkers), features a sister and brother who previously had an intimate relationship and have found themselves struggling at the game of life.
And Cassavetes obviously had something to think about when it came time to shoot the scene in which the sister (played by his ex-wife, Heather Wahlquist) visits her brother (Brendan Sexton III) in prison.
"I have no experience with incest," Cassavetes, whose parents are Gena Rowlands and late filmmaker John Cassavetes, told The Wrap at the Toronto Film Festival.
"We started thinking about that. We had heard a few stories where brothers and sisters were completely, absolutely in love with one another. You know what? This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it, and doing what you want. Who gives a s--t if people judge you?"
That's putting it mildly, one would think.
"I'm not saying this is an absolute, but, in a way, if you're not having kids—who gives a damn?" Cassavetes continued. "Love who you want. Isn't that what we say? Gay marriage—love who you want? If it's your brother or sister it's super-weird, but if you look at it, you're not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you're in love with one another."
Looks like John passed his society-probing, human condition-observing ways on to his son!