Love Lafayette is a lyrical documentary that contrasts images of suburban achievement with stories of the personally destructive effects of affluence. The film is told from the perspective of a woman who returns to her childhood home in Lafayette, California, a wealthy, conservative suburb thirty miles east of San Francisco. Surprised by the physical changes to the house in the ten years since her family lived there, she begins to recognize more inconsistencies. Using oleander, a pink and poisonous shrub, as a metaphor, she compares the town’s façade of perfection with her own recollections of teenage crime, misbehavior, and depression, as well as the unfortunate trajectories many of her high school classmates have followed since graduating. The film presents a 2005 murder, committed by a 16-year-old Lafayette resident, as epitomizing the discord between the town’s flawless exterior and its troubled interior.