At a late-night meeting with nine colleagues, James, an executive of some sort, wants action to avoid their potential loss of millions of pounds daily. He throws a tantrum when one man, ... See full summary »
At a late-night meeting with nine colleagues, James, an executive of some sort, wants action to avoid their potential loss of millions of pounds daily. He throws a tantrum when one man, Bill, urges caution instead of action. Jim leaves the meeting and, while driving to his office, has a mobile phone conversation with Bill. Something unexpected happens and Bill suddenly has a great deal of leverage. A power play ensues, and things become clearer at press conference the next morning. Written by
Two late 30's/early 40's professional men - something like high flying City types who we gather have got a considerable history together, perhaps murky, that both binds them but in particular puts the more personable but nervier one of the two under the control of the other, Bill (Paul McGann). This he struggles to escape but some kind of sense of obligation mixed with fear fights with his really desperate efforts to escape the other's control. What's in it for the cooler of the two to exercise power over the other? Pleasure it seems even it suggests, sexual pleasure. But then, in the unkindest turn of fate, caused by his extreme desperation, the nervier of the two by accident creates a situation which suddenly makes him now entirely beholden to the other. His reputation, his marriage, his survival have suddenly become the gift - and we can guess perhaps the plaything of the other. Does this all really matter? It does when we learn that the nervier one is....... But that would be telling!
How was his tormentor able to phone him on THAT phone? Is it all a dream or rather repeating nightmare? Where else would someone be "Always crashing in the same car".
This could, if it were possible to sustain the intensity of the situation, the writing and the acting have been a really remarkable feature film. As it is as a 12 minute short it is intriguing and holds our attention. Shame that it is only a short.
A few might wished to be warned that there is very bad (but entirely naturally occurring) language in the film which wasn't bleeped on the early evening TCM showing.
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