Anna needs money for her son. The father says no and swears he's got none. Some men show up and they have a gun.


(as David Jibladze)


(as David Jibladze)
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Igor / Jack
Adrian Vatsky ...
Yuri / Bob
Vadim / Walter


When Anna, a struggling Brazilian immigrant, appeals to her only son's estranged father for monetary support, she encounters three Russian thugs demanding stolen money from him as well, leaving her the sole interpreter and ultimately the determining factor between her son's future and the life of the man she loves. Written by Anonymous

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Mother's Instinct...


Short | Drama



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Very Impressive!
7 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Beholden is the kind of short film that gives a lot of feature films a bad name, and most other short films a black eye or two. You know you're about to watch something special when the festival technical director personally insists on making sure the film is projected in the right aspect ratio and delays the rest of the programme in the process.

We have an excellent story that is incredibly well acted, production values like you wouldn't believe possible for a student film ... hell, it makes most of the other short films I saw at the 2008 Burbank Film Festival look poor.

What impressed me most after the film itself was the story of how it was made. That's something i'll leave for the director and producer to tell in their own words. A lot of filmmakers liken the production process to a battle ... theirs truly was!

There isn't a shot out of place. No wasted moments and the lead bad guy is exemplary.

In short, highly recommended!

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