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Interesting even if the bigger story was lost on me
bob the moo from United Kingdom
12 March 2007
In the Hempel Hotel a maid busies herself ironing and preparing the
fabrics with starch for the perfect finish. One of the guests, a
business executive passes her and displays a certain affection for the
maid's work but demands more starch to fulfil her desires. The result
of the unspoken longing is going to be a rather sticky mess.
God but don't ask me what this was about because I have no idea. The
closing shot of the drawer left me a bit lost as to the wider story I
was supposed to be getting but this may be my fault. However even
without taking this all in I was still held by the short film because
it did such a good job of capturing the tone of the material. The
unspoken relationship is one of sexuality and hostility surrounding the
sheets and, although I didn't understand it much beyond this, this much
was palatable and obvious. It makes the material more interesting and
held my attention.
Le Couteur's direction and the design of the film matches this in being
minimalist and very white. Along with the music this makes for a rather
crisp air that suits the tone of sexual tension and hostility in the
film. The two leads play this off very well and the whole thing is
interesting even if the bigger picture was not one I could grab.
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