"Woman in a Box" or "Objectification"

2.74
Average: 2.7 (5 votes)
The Wish Movie
Christchurch > 04
Jos Morgan
4.06

Decent, but incredibly derivative (of Black Mirror, of Lars and the Real Girl, etc.), perhaps unintentionally. Great deadpan lead performance.

Well done for completing a film in 48hours!
It reminds me of the first half of Faulty Goods (2013 Christchurch Finalist)
https://www.48hours.co.nz/screening-room/2013/christchurch/faulty-goods/
Where a man orders a robot woman in a box to improve his life.
But I just checked and the film is not there????
Nice concept, but I felt there was more you could do with it.
Some great robotic acting from the female lead. Look forwards to future projects!

Not surprised its already been mentioned but was very black mirror inspired. You decided to take the genre very literally and though you had some great editing and good cinematography the story was very flat and it really seemed to drag in the middle. I couldn't quite tell if you ran out of time or what happened but the ending was very weak and left the story feeling very incomplete and slow. Defiantly in the better end for this heat but neither good or bad enough to be overly memorable.

MistaTeas
3.01

Boy orders a woman in a box to improve his life.

Seen a few of these story-lines over the years but they always make me curious to see how a team will play with it - especially a school team. It's the little things that can improve it - for example the box was already open when he went to get it. There was also no need to cut back to the ad for the woman when he'd already bought it. You have to concentrate on the dynamic between the two characters and make us care but things felt a bit awkward in this short for the most-part. Loved your 80s production logo though.

A young man sitting alone in the dark sees an ad for a woman in a box. As the rain falls outside he 'orders a girlfriend.' She arrives and he discovers that, unlike virtually everything else in modern society, affection and companionship cannot be packaged and sold.

This was not a typical school entry, addressing issues of loneliness, unrequited yearning, the commodification of romance, the objectification of women and the complexity of relationships, and all in less than five minutes. This team succeeded in conveying something meaningful through the awkward longing of the male lead, the deadpan empowerment/disempowerment of the female lead, the original music, the astute and creative editing- including highlighting a heart in red as they head to the bedroom, and the script which ended with:
- Do you love me?
-Do you want me to love you?
-Yes.
-I love you.
Obviously this is not love. The film ends with the couple together but still alone.

Congratulations to Glacier Productions for having the courage to explore such difficult issues.

Alexander Jones
city manager

Oh man, first of all, the ending to this film is so haunting, with the two characters talking in the bathroom looking at each other in the mirror. "Do you love me?" "Do you want me to love you?", while maybe a touch heavy handed, is such a great little piece of acting from both the leads which really tells you all you need to know about the tragedy of the film's leading man.

It does take us a bit of a slog to get to this poignant ending though, and the generic romantic montage in the middle is saved only by the emotionless woman robot subverting the trope.

Still some really slick stuff, and some really promising ideas. A lot of restraint in the directing for a school team, and also maybe the only "filmed in a dark house" movie that actually kind of worked.

As for your title, '"Woman in a Box" or "Objectification"' certainly grabbed my attention.