By Don Simpson | February 9, 2015
Director: Jonathon Narducci
Just in time for that certain Hallmark holiday when the cost of roses and dinner skyrockets to ridiculous proportions, Jonathon Narducci’s Love Me examines the possibilities of finding love in a foreign land. Narducci’s documentary focuses on several Western men who succumb to the temptation of the “mail-order bride” industry and opt to search for Ukrainian women who might just be willing to marry them.
While it makes perfect sense that these particular male subjects would have a difficult time finding a bride, it is difficult to believe that the Ukrainian women would not be able to find a suitor in their homeland. There seems to be a natural imbalance between the [seemingly] socially inept men who are desperate to find young and attractive wives, and their Ukrainian counterparts who are in search for the [financial] security of marriage and the possibility of raising a family in the Western world. So, it is perfectly reasonable that there would be some degree of apprehension and mistrust in these scenarios, just as there is in any other form of “blind” dating.
Rather than serving as a 90-minute infomercial for the “mail-order bride” industry, Narducci does well to reveal multiple sides to the individual stories. Some of the documentary subjects are successful, some are not; some of the unsuccessful subjects believe that they were conned out of thousands of dollars. Even after investing so much money, there is no guarantee for a return — and that is the most shocking aspect of these stories, the significant financial risk that these men are willing to take. Knowing just how much money each of these men are willing to “invest” in order to find a wife makes it abundantly clear just how desperate they have become.