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A quite continental feel in a silence film about missed opportunities
bob the moo from United Kingdom
10 July 2004
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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