Set after the allied invasion of Normandy, this short feature follows the story of four British soldiers from the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry. While on patrol, a German ambush on the British section leaves them disorientated and short of supplies. They have to withdraw from enemy lines and find their way back to their company. With German patrols holding their advance, they are stuck between the lines. Written by
Between the Lines is an excellent short film. I don't know if it's a first time director but camera work, production design and storytelling are first-rate. The use of digital technology creates a bleached, atmospheric look which shows the promises of the format. The story is pretty straightforward, it's just about a bunch of lost soldiers, but watching the film really feels like being there with them, not knowing where danger is gonna come from. Even though it's set during WW2, there is a timeless quality to the movie which makes it feel relevant to what's happening in the world nowadays, and ultimately shows how meaningless and useless wars are. It might sound cliché-ish, but Between the Lines is everything but that It is shot with a lightness of touch and talent that makes it compelling, disturbing, and moving at the same time. Can't wait to see what that guy does next.
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