It’s 2012 and Nick loves Ellie. He loves her easily as much as he loves his job as a projectionist. So when she tells him she doesn’t feel the same as when they first met, his world collapses.
The fallout from Ellie’s declaration causes Nick to reminisce about their first meeting, but his memories are as rose-tinted as the Hollywood love stories he idolises. He’s haunted by their shared jokes, her wry smile and how perfectly everything fell into place that one night.
Four years later, however, Nick is struggling to understand why Ellie is gone and why he can’t seem to do anything about it. He checks his phone for messages from her, drafts texts to send and finds solace watching old Hal Ashby films.
But what did she really mean when she said her feelings have changed? Could their love ever be the same as it was that perfect first night in 2008?
Nick is about to find out that perhaps real love is better than reel love.