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The Moor is a beautiful, touching film. It deals with memories of good
times in the past. It shows how we deal with those memories. It is an
unusual memorable love story. I saw it with the cast and crew. A friend
of mine plays Rita, the waitress. It's fun and heartwarming, at the
It premiered at the Seattle Film Festival. It also just got into the LA International Shorts Film Festival. The Moor will screen on September 11th, 2005, at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood. If you live in the LA area and can catch the film, do so. It is a very rewarding, moving experience!
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I liked this short film because it took a risk--something you often
don't see. The film begins with an initiation of a man into one of the
higher levels of the Masons. Despite this ceremony and his later going
out with a couple lodge brothers (one, who is an obnoxious moron),
these really have very little to do with the actual story. This story
unfolds as the man is leaving the bar. He sees an older woman
celebrating a birthday and he is startled. She recognizes him and
invites him to sit and have a nightcap. At this point, her guests leave
as well, so they are all alone. Then, it slowly unfolds that they were
lovers decades earlier--when he was very young and she was middle aged.
A "May-December romance" is seldom shown in films, though if it is, it's invariably involving an older man and younger woman. Here, the tables are turned and although it's unnerving at first, the film makers must be commended for taking this brave plot twist. Additionally, though some of the audience might blanch at seeing a man (about age 50) and a woman who is in her 70s STILL showing some spark between them--though there really is nothing wrong with such a situation now that they are both single. The film leaves you wondering 'what is the next step?' as the titles begin to roll.
A really interesting idea and a short that could stand a full-length treatment to worth through the various details that a shorter film cannot approach. On top of the writing, the direction is very nice as was the acting. A truly unusual and exceptional film.
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