When we meet Eileen, we see her sabotaging her big sister's wedding. We find out that she blames her older sister, Claire for a car accident that has left her deaf and mute. As Eileen tells... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Silencing Mary (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A college reporter (Melissa Joan Hart) uncovers secrets about campus crime after her roommate is raped by the school's star athlete.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Corin Nemec, Lisa Dean Ryan
Easy (2003)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Heart-broken after several affairs, a woman finds herself torn between a Poet and a TV Host.

Director: Jane Weinstock
Stars: Marguerite Moreau, Brían F. O'Byrne, Naveen Andrews
Santa Con (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Small-time con man Nick DeMarco is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays... and he hates it. Near the end of his first ... See full summary »

Director: Melissa Joan Hart
Stars: Barry Watson, Melissa Sagemiller, Scott Grimes
Nine Dead (2010)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Nine strangers are kidnapped and forced to figure out the connection they have to each other as one has to die every ten minutes.

Director: Chris Shadley
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A devoutly Catholic wife and mother has been nominated for one of the church's top awards. She then goes about trying to prove she has the "perfect" family, refusing to accept them for who they are.

Director: Anne Renton
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Twenty-something and aimless, Joey Vitello still lives at home with his colorful Italian-American family when he is reunited with a childhood schoolmate, Mary O'Callahan. Once mocked as '... See full summary »

Director: James Quattrochi
Stars: Vincent Pagano, Marley Shelton, Jennifer Esposito
Mute IV (2016)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Steven Alexander Burt
Stars: Jamie V Cole, Randy Hall, Chris Huestis
Rent Control (TV Movie 2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

An attractive couple in their early 20's, Holly and Calvin arrive in the Big Apple fresh from Iowa. They are optimistic, naive and eager to succeed as actors. However, they find the path to... See full summary »

Director: David Eric Brenner
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Ryan Browning, Carmen Electra
Satin (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A washed up Vegas lounge singer, Jack Satin (Hamilton von Watts), has no money, no job, and delusional aspirations of fame. When Jack is forced to leave Vegas, he packs up his old Cadillac ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Olness
Stars: Hamilton von Watts, Melissa Joan Hart, Michael Cudlitz
Mute IV (2011)
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Monette hasn't been to church in years, yet he finds himself sitting in a confessional booth. A troubling series of events involving his cheating wife, $125,000 and a mysterious hitchhiker ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Melendez
Stars: Jesse Kamien, Cheryl McMahon, Richard Moriarty
Mute (2017)
Short | Horror | Thriller

Monette picks up a hitchhiker who is carrying a sign that he is deaf and dumb. During the trip Monette tells the un-heard passenger about his wife and her boyfriend, as well as the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernd Lautenslager
Mute I (2012)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Jacqueline Wright
Stars: Patrick Ryecart, Michael Legge, Hugh Ross
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Eileen
...
Claire
...
James
...
Pastor
...
Translator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Albert ...
Violinist
Matt Boren ...
Cameraman
Bob Davidson ...
Dad
Jacob Jackson ...
Ring Bearer
Kristin Lipiro ...
Bartender
Edit

Storyline

When we meet Eileen, we see her sabotaging her big sister's wedding. We find out that she blames her older sister, Claire for a car accident that has left her deaf and mute. As Eileen tells us the story from her perspective we see a series of flashbacks that tell us about a love affair that she had with her sister's groom James. They had kept the relationship a secret due to an age difference, from everyone except Claire. When James won't believe Eileen's story about Claire trying to murder her, she sets her plan into motion and swears revenge on the newlyweds. As we watch her try to ruin Claire's big day, the audience is left guessing if Eileen's story is the truth. Written by Author

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 September 2005 (USA)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This short originally premiered at the 2005 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (ShortFest), held from September 20-26, 2005 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sinister little gem!
12 April 2006 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I'm glad I was able to drag my tired butt to see this film on the last day of the Vail Film Festival. I hadn't really seen Melissa Joan Hart's television work & had no idea that she had designs to be a director, so it was hard to know what to expect. It turns out that "Mute" is a well-crafted, sinister little gem. It's hard to compare it to other films because it is so unusual in its telling and fantastic use of sound design.

In the opening scene, there is no music or foley, so of course, the audience begins to think something is wrong. Suddenly, the lead character introduces herself to the viewer as "Eileen Fool"...probably one of the best names since Hal Hartley's "Simon Grim". We quickly learn that due to a recent auto accident, she has been left deaf & mute. One of the best awkward moments of the film occurs right at the beginning, when Eileen's father parades her through a roomful of wedding guests, as if she can still hear & speak.

The whole film takes place at her perfectionist sister's wedding, which she plans to sabotage. I won't spoil the plot by telling you the reasons for her actions, but there are some deliciously cruel moments including an uncomfortable sign language interpreted wedding toast & a little blood on the dance floor.

Since the main character is deaf, the director and sound designer took the opportunity to make some strong choices regarding foley, music and use of silence. The dialogue is sparse and we experience most of the wedding through Eileen's eyes…with only her internal voice to guide us. "Mute" is like a modern day silent film, set in a Technicolor world and Emily Hart's performance brings to mind the wonderful acting by Nadia Sibirskaia in Kirsanoff's silent film "Ménilmontant". Most of the story relies on Emily's ability to convey everything she wants to say in her face, and she pulls it off stunningly.

I also have to mention the wonderful cinematography. Occasionally, it slips into a dreamy state and makes me wonder if what I'm seeing is real or a fiction created by the protagonist. The cinematographer's (Francis Dela Torre) rich use of color and amazing skill with framing creates a remarkable mood for this film. Of course, there is no mood if the script isn't really strong and luckily, Kristin Lipiro has written a clever and sharp story...all within the short time frame of 14 minutes.

Melissa Joan Hart has chosen her collaborators very well because the look, the words (or lack thereof) and the acting are outstanding. She clearly has a vision and an unusual one at that. I hate to sound like a cliché, but here goes, I can't wait to see her next project.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone know where to see or download this? paul-765
2 films credits are mixed up here paula-133
Emily Hart EcilIndra
Umm... why is this labeled comedy?! elynnsand03
Discuss Mute (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?