Victoria is a teenage girl who is innocence and purity incarnate...or so it seems. Forced into a life unbefit for a girl her age by her heroin-addicted mother, Victoria must battle both her... See full summary »
Victoria is a teenage girl who is innocence and purity incarnate...or so it seems. Forced into a life unbefit for a girl her age by her heroin-addicted mother, Victoria must battle both her mother's demons and her own under the sinister watchful eye of their dealer. Addiction, theft, and prostitution are all at play...But there are forces beyond anyone's control that watch over them all. Written by
I caught one of the earliest screenings of this provocative short film at the National Film Board of Canada in Toronto.
Zaid Adham is an ambitious young writer/director with grand plans and his creative visions are gritty, raw and disconcerting. Not necessarily giving the viewer the world we want, but rather the world as it is. The subject matter is dark and the excellent editing and use of colour give some particularly unpleasant scenes a more sinister edge.
Minus 1 was shot on a tight budget and Mr. Adham did so admirably with his entrepreneurial instincts and a will to succeed. This effort, along with his other celluloid work should ensure that we have only just begun to see the work of an artist who's constantly striving to tell a story through the craft of the lens, however jaded it may be.
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