I tried briefly to review this film right after the heats but gave up almost immediately,
I needed to see it a second time,
Side tangent, when you do a serious film for 48hours, (especially during the heats) it’s hard for the audience to ‘get’ the film right away. we’re all so primed for careless, silly, low budget, comedy, and in most importantly, ‘ immediately accessable’ films.
This film is almost none of these things. Which is good and welcome.
Ok so now I’ve defended my late review - but also that call out on the radio show was just the kick in the pants that i needed ;)
First time I watched it, I didnt get it, second time, it all played a lot more clearly.
Because I suck at writing nicely thought out reviews. Ill just go to a list of things.
- It’s a really cool take on Star Crossed Lovers.
- I like the over all style, It’s poetic and as such it fits its runtime better than most 48hours films. (While most 48hours films, and just short films in general feel like they are pilots for feature film ideas. Or just very conventional formats, this one captures an idea, or a concept and focuses on that in the under 5minute runtime that it has to serve) - I wish this could be said of every single 48hours film.
- The imagery of the film (the location) - is also nicely poetic and lends a lot to the film and ideas at play
- the themes and ideas being discussed in this film are powerful and difficult to grapple with - this ends up being both something I really like about the film, but also where all of my issues with the film stand, but even this is a success of the film. My issues are with the ideas being presented, Not the story being told. I’m putting this in the ‘win’ column because if the film can generate thoughts and ideas outside of its own runtime that is a good thing. Most of my issues here are arround the presentation of free will, (i continued writing from here going further and further down the rabbit hole, so i put on the film again, and now i think i understand it even better...
- so the film isn’t immediately accessible. I think i get the whole film now, and I’m looking forward to discussing it with Stu. But yeah, its a hard one to understand, which is both a good thing and a bad thing...
- I like death as a child, to me it is that way because she has a child’s view of death, and a child’s view of suicide. (Much of this is about attempted suicide/self harm as a cry for attention right?)
- I like the intent behind the cinematography, but i don’t like the way its been pulled off here. I like the extreme closeups, I like that the ‘lover’ is always out of focus. But i cant help but feel that every single shot should have been locked off. So that we might have been better able to study the face of the character. And be more drawn into their experience. The style of hand held here reminded me all too often that there was someone filming the scene,
- I also really liked the drone of the sea that is used to dominate the soundtrack it’s a nice shortcut to presenting this as an ‘other’ place - however as noted by other reviews when you can hear the chance in background audio each time a character speaks it’s extremely distracting and doesn’t help with the immersion that this film needs.