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Liisa Repo-Martell ...
Vivian
Glenn Downey ...
Harold
Susan Kent ...
Trina
Phil Churchill ...
Chester (voice)
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Quirky...and quite odd...but still worth a look
19 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a short film that can be seen on a DVD of award-winning shorts from around the world from the Film Movement Series. For several years now, Film Movement has been bringing out a yearly compilation of shorts in place of their usual monthly feature film release. This is from the January, 2008 collection.

This is a rather odd little film. The movie begins with a young lady running away from home--you assume because there is a lot of violence there. Shortly afterwords, she meets up with a singer who tells her she can be his backup singer. Oddly, she begins almost immediately following him about like a lost puppy and even starts cleaning his very dirty house--even though she just met him hours earlier. She also never questions any of his grand plans for their future--even when it becomes more and more apparent that he's a flake and a user.

The film is very quirky and strange, as the leading lady is about as dumb as a sack of door knobs AND she's hopelessly optimistic about this fat and balding loser being her "Prince Charming". While the film does have a sense of humor and made me laugh a bit, it's also very poignant and a sad case study of a lady with exceptionally low self-esteem who only sees the world the way she hopes it is.

In many ways, this film is like a much shorter version of Fellini's LA STRADA, though of course without the same level of style or depth. Interesting, of course, and worth a look. It's just too bad this was a short film--I really would have liked to see the characters and story hashed out more.


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