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The Adventure (2008)

 -  Short  -  29 March 2008 (USA)
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A retired couple's quiet picnic in the park is violated by a silent intruder whose story exposes the troubling mysteries of existence.

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A retired couple's quiet picnic in the park is violated by a silent intruder whose story exposes the troubling mysteries of existence.

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The first day of shooting on this film was July 30, 2007, the day both Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni passed away. A moment of silence was held for them at the end of shooting that day. See more »

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Mime Thriller
3 June 2009 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A short that brings horror comedy to an all-new, tongue-in-cheek level, "The Adventure" tells the story of a retired couple who experience a strange encounter on a quiet, forested road.

Director Mike Brune is not afraid to have his camera linger for long periods on the scene. It's a refreshingly classic technique not practised very often these days -- there's something reminiscent of The Shining with its use in this film. With the rest of the cinema audience, I teetered between amusement at the absurdity of the situation and a kind of foreboding feeling: there's some strange sense of malevolence in this film, a sensation of danger and violence being mere moments away.

The perfectly-delivered comic dialogue is the icing on the cake. If Donald Barthelme had been a filmmaker, he would have made something like this. It's definitely worth a look; at the time of writing, it's playing at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival.


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