I really liked the suspense of this short. I thought every scene and character exchange in some way engaged the nature of lying and telling the truth - the exchange of secrets and revolving allegiances. The dynamics were really interesting for what outwardly appears to be a small family drama - the actual mechanics of the drama make it play more like a detective story or a crime film in which you know the culprit from the start then track the attempt at the character's cover up. But rather than get away with money or a murder, dad's just trying to get away with his pride. I thought the sleuthing mom was particularly funny, especially in a non-linear bathroom scene. The kid is great, but I really liked dad. I felt for him but never pitied him - he had a kind of quiet dignity which could have come off corny with the wrong actor but which really made me respect him. Overall i think the director's emotive but impartial eye for characters motives and focus on the stickiness and moral ambiguity of even a simple lie elevated the material out of potential family melodrama into something more dramatically relevant and tautly constructed.
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