Roy, a shy, solitary young man, calls himself a "non-winner," not a loser. He looks for signs that his life will change, and he gets just such a sign when he wins a haiku contest. His prize... See full summary »

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Roy, a shy, solitary young man, calls himself a "non-winner," not a loser. He looks for signs that his life will change, and he gets just such a sign when he wins a haiku contest. His prize will arrive in two weeks, says the letter informing him of his win. He screws up the courage to tell Nancy, a colleague he likes, about his victory. He's impatient for the prize. Will it arrive? Is his life about to change? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's All About the Mise-en-scène--or possibly Mise-en-spam
12 January 2012 | by (Gainesville, FL) – See all my reviews

In spite of the rather flat and predictable ending, this short film successfully utilizes the camera, zoning in on the quirkiness of the supporting cast, but especially making use of Christopher Gorham's naive yet creepy gaze as he makes accidental foot pancakes or dreams of spam. His character is the perfect candidate for winning a spam haiku contest, but it is the way the audiences is manipulated by each shot that makes this short such a delight. It is the pauses, the odd angles that disorient the viewer, and especially the time-lapse tracking shot as he sits practically motionless, rapidly breathing and planning his future spam cuisine while the world passes on without him.

I might agree with the initial reviewer who wished that the filmmaker had spent more time on the ending, but some of my favorite movies don't always work as a whole (take your pick of any number of films by Terry Gilliam). Yet the world would be a much poorer place without them.


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