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A beautiful, rich short film, beautifully produced.
olde01 from Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
9 April 2001
I've seen a lot of short films at film festivals, etc., and often the
directors describe them as a "calling card" to get a full-length feature
deal. And sometimes they even say this is a short version of a full-length
feature I'd like to produce.
Indeed, many short films now are beautifully produced, in 35mm, with
very good production values.
However, "Clara" really DOES give you the feel of a full-length
just boiled down to its essentials, or at least to one aspect of what the
full-length feature might be.
I personally prefer comedies, thrillers and action films, rather than
character studies, but this film (without any of the above elements) was
very engaging, and so honestly directed and acted, that it was totally
engaging! And it happens to deal with issues of war, remembering, and
forgiveness which are so gripping--and in a wonderfully insightful, artful
way. And the look -- the production values -- were as rich and fabulous as
the writing and acting. A real thrill to watch.
Three cheers and five stars for the writer/director, Helga Oswald! Long
may she write and direct!
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