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The Break-In (2008)

 -  Short | Drama  -  15 August 2008 (USA)
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On a weekday morning like any other, a couple stake out a house, waiting to commit a robbery that isn't all that is seems to be.



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On a weekday morning like any other, a man and woman stake out a house waiting for the owner to leave. As soon as he does, the woman jumps out the car and breaks into the house. She makes her way to the bedroom, filling a large bag as she goes. But then, the owner returns, catching her in the act. She freezes. The owner steps forward, his hand raised... And strokes her face. She looks up at him and they almost kiss. The guy from the car stands in the doorway. The woman pulls away from the owner and takes off her wedding ring. She places it in the owner's hand and leaves with her new man. But is she sure that she made the right choice? Written by Anonymous

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1.85 : 1
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The car that the couple are in belongs to DP, Andrew P. Waruszewski. See more »

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A clever twist
26 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Break In is a perfect example of cinematic simplicity, what can be done with one location, limited actors and great cutting. The film manages to drawl the emotions of the audience with out the use of dialogue and strong direction, everything from the angles use to the performance from the actors; watch out for the moment where the protagonist gets caught in the bedroom. James Berry was well aware that pictures speak much louder than words and staged his film accordingly; words here would be superfluous. Berry also has a precise understanding of pacing and the importance of each shot and how they play in succession with one another and build tension. So many short films can try to trick the audience, but here I feel that it's genuine and not some attempt to showoff. The payoff at the end when we learn the protagonist is no thief at all but she's merely taking back her things after a break up; it's a well-played moment that leads to a tender confrontation with her ex-boyfriend. All and all, The Break In is a well made short that makes me hungry to see the other films of Berry.

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