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Sea Monsters (2003)

 -  Short | Drama  -  4 October 2003 (UK)
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Alan returns to his family home for his mother's birthday. But tension crackles between him and his father. He tries to let it pass, but when he is confronted with a shocking reminder of ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Eilidh Fraser ...
Philippa
Jake Greene ...
Danny
Martin John-Jackson ...
Sean
James Midgley ...
Alan
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Cynthia
Daniel Rutter ...
Young Alan
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Karl (as Daniel Webb)
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Alan returns to his family home for his mother's birthday. But tension crackles between him and his father. He tries to let it pass, but when he is confronted with a shocking reminder of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father, he is compelled to act. Written by Matt delargy

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Alan is troubled by childhood memories. On his mother's birthday, he reluctantly returns to his family home, hoping to avoid the source of his inner turmoil.

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a glorious swamp
10 October 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This film is distinct.

The male character has a quietude that allows his return to the family home to serve as a journey into a dream-like nightmare of memories and alienation. He is at the age when he will soon embark upon making his own family, and the dislocation of his family from his present life elsewhere resounds clearly on the screen.

The particular strengths of this short include a delicate use of cinematography and subtle colour, performance and elongation/truncation of time and space -- reflecting the lead character's emotional beats.

The father's first appearance as a ghoulish face at the window is surreal at first but quickly contexualised in the film's naturalistic performance style. Details like this quickly become the film's strength as it charters the poetic elements of its murky seascape.

Aptly titled "Sea Monsters" the title resounds from this point forward -- chartering the chaos of the family dinner through to the melancholic reflections of the mother and the final confrontation in the green ocean.

A strong short film and very promising taste of a director with real talent.


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