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Songbird (2007)

 -  Short  -  19 January 2007 (USA)
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songbird is a Gothic tale about ISABELLA, who finds herself trapped in an oppressive marriage with her drunken oaf of a husband, WALTER. One night at the dinner table her songbird won't ... See full summary »

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songbird is a Gothic tale about ISABELLA, who finds herself trapped in an oppressive marriage with her drunken oaf of a husband, WALTER. One night at the dinner table her songbird won't stop chirping, which sends WALTER into a rage. Only when he threatens to take away the one thing she loves does ISABELLA find the strength to fight back with gruesome tenacity. Written by John Thompson

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Kafkaesque masterpiece in miniature
26 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even if commentators like "planktonrules" can't appreciate the painstaking, artful direction or the fairytale-like atmosphere of this film, other people no doubt will. The film doesn't need dialogue because the director has clearly mastered the art of visual storytelling. Of course the film is graphic (I wouldn't recommend it to children, of course) but the graphic imagery is clearly motivated and there is nothing gratuitous about it. Maybe that is the most shocking thing about this film: that the violence and the visual effects aren't employed merely for the aesthetic enjoyment of the audience, but as an integral part of the storytelling. If being challenged by a film is beyond your capacity as a viewer, by all means, avoid this film. But if you want to watch a engaging (yes, even disturbing) film that doesn't instrumentalize its characters, then by all means check out Songbird.


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