A father tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

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A father tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

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1 April 2011 (USA)  »

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The best short of this year's festivals
28 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This years Sundance Film Festival had a number of really well done features but the thing that sets Sundance and Cannes apart is the quality of the shorts. Filmmakers seem to know that if you can get a good short into one of these festivals, they are locked in for a chance at the big-time. Top of the list this year (although it didn't win) was David Lowery's Pioneer.

The setup felt to me like a darker version of Princess Bride, without the happy bits but equally well crafted. It is basically a father telling a violent story to his young son about his long gone mother. It had some "BIG FISH" moments to it but Lowery seemed to make it his own with his incredible timing and good editorial decisions.

To be honest, I don't know which of the to main characters were done better; the father, played by Will Oldham or the 4 year old kid played by Myles Brooks.

Truly a standout of this year's festivals. I can't wait to see what David Lowery does with his big break.


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