This was a very unexpected surprise, and I mean this in a good way. Dym(or Smoke) is a very impressive surrealistic short, that has a lot of very good things about it. I am not sure whether I can add to the reviews already that have explained Dym's strengths so well but I'll try.
First off I loved how surreal the story was. I agree it is not the best asset of the short, but what I liked about it was how eerie and mysterious it was. Dym doesn't have any dialogue, and this worked very well I thought as the lack of dialogue added to the surrealistic atmosphere. The acting is very good. No one speaks, but the body language, facial expressions and eye contact were all well judged, some of it particularly in the beginning was quite intense and brooding.
Grzegorz Cisiecki also does a fine job directing and writing Dym.But I have to say the best part of Dym was the visuals and editing. The sights, scenery and atmosphere are all brilliant, as is the photography, while the editing is slick and crisp. I was also impressed at how much visual-wise was fitted into such a short running time(only around 7 or 8 minutes) without feeling rushed or bloated, while the sound and minimal music-especially the hypnotic piano in one bit- were great too.
Also the pacing is I think spot-on, it never feels rushed or boring. In fact, my only real criticism was the ending, which was a little too abrupt for my liking. But overall, it was wonderful, a very unique short with some inspired David Lynch-like elements to it. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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