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A woman is dressing a window in Selfridges, London when she spots a man
in the street outside with a clipboard. The man is trying, without much
success, to stop people and ask them questions she starts to laugh at
his failures to do this and she is entertained until he spots her
watching him. When he sees her, he isn't angry or annoyed but actually
plays up to her as they flirt and laugh on either sides of the glass
however how long can this state of affairs continue?
Starting out with very French sounding music, this whole film has more of the feel of an experimental short film about love as opposed to a short comedy filming out the front window of Selfridges! The basic idea of the short is a comedy but it is also rather touching in a pleasant manner that took me by surprise. The film isn't that funny but it is rather 'nice' if that's not too bland a description. The direction films through coloured glass at times to good effect and we pretty much always see the other action through the glass, meaning the film is silent aside from some street noise. This all worked for me and gave the film a cool feel.
When the ending comes it is simple and yet somehow rather sad hard to describe but it worked! The cast don't have a terrible lot to do but they both manage to feel pretty natural. McBurney looks as put-upon and tragic as many of those who do his character's job do and his excitement and playfulness is obvious, as he has made a connection with a woman who looks like Headey. Headey just laughs and smiles along and, aside from looking stunning, she has little to actually do.
Overall this is a simple but enjoyable little short film that, while not great, is enjoyable while you watch it and has a rather bittersweet ending that maybe shouts 'seize the day' to young lovers everywhere. The music gives it a continental feel and certainly the idea of young people laughing and enjoying themselves with strangers on sun-swept streets is not something I would picture taking place on the cold pavements outside a London clothes shop!
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"Inside-Out" is an award-winning British 7-minute live action short film from 1999, so not too long anymore actually until this one will have its 20th anniversary. It was directed by the Guard Brothers and features the very young Lena Headey starring together with male lead actors Simon McBurney. It a sweet little fun film. You should not take it too seriously as the actions of McBorney's character do seem a bit over the top and unrealistic, but if you manage to look beyond that, then it's a fairly enjoyable watch, mostly because of Headey's smile. I cared for the characters in here and I felt it especially with the pretty unhappy ending. Oh no, how can coincidence be so cruel that they are at exactly the wrong time at the wrong window, maybe again not the most realistic development. But it still made me sad somehow. It's one of the best short films from the last year of the old millennium and people, not only "Game of Thrones" fans, need to check it out. A very underseen little gem.
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