This movie really took my by surprise. I attended a screening of shorts from the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival at my college, most of the films there were... big budget Jerry Bruckheimer bullshit that were from BMW films.com. I have to admit they were kinetic though, so with the adrenaline pumping, LONELY PLACE, was a little bit boring at first. I admired its beauty, but could not enjoy the pace after those goddam car chases. Finally I settled down and was absorbed by what I was watching.
The directing was very delicious, the set, the actors, they all made me feel like I was in the 1940's. The amazing thing this movie did is allow you to see each character's emotions, personalities, and backstories without any flashbacks or narration. Through the imagery and the simple words and gestures, the entire story was played out for you. The end is a HUGE payoff. You have no idea that it is going to happen. It was insanity.
Technically, the movie had good camera work but the lighting was a little bit so and so. But I can dismiss it thanks to Kevin, whom explained his movie to us in a Q & A after the screening. It took six years to make this movie, completely worth it. Man o man, I need to learn how to structure my thoughts.
Great movie. Watch it for the noir aspect, quirky actors, suspense, and the excellent ending. High five to Kevin Ackermann.
x Mike Ordoñez
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