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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is not only the directorial debut of helmer Fredrik Bond, but also one of the challenging features former child star Shia LaBeouf has taken on to shake up his image, and establish himself as an actor of depth and merit. The original screenplay by Matt Drake centers on the titular character, a young man who makes the mistake of falling for the moll (Evan Rachel Wood) of a dangerous crime lord. LaBeouf stars as Countryman, and caused a stir when he confessed he'd dropped acid as an experiment he hoped would help him better understand the role.

Since then, this trippy romance premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it earned buzz, but not a domestic distribution deal. Still, all's not lost as The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is readying for its first foreign audience as part of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. You can get a glimpse of LaBeouf and Wood in action below, thanks to this clip courtesy of MTV:

Despite the fact that I find Wood generally overrated and think LaBeouf's become borderline aggravating, I found this clip romantic and exhilarating—even with no context. The camera's linger on Wood is romantic and engaging. The close-ups of her enviably ever-flawless skin are simply gorgeous. Of course, then the sequence takes a sharp turn and becomes fodder for a certain supercut. Still, between this mysterious clip and the previously released first look, I find myself eager to see The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, and hoping this moody movie will be the nudge I need to be won over by its scandalous stars.