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Moving Takahashi (2011)

| Short, Crime, Romance
'Moving Takahashi' explores the space between human frailty and moxie, with two desperate but determined characters crashing into each other and failing spectacularly. Craig, a hustler of a... See full summary »

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'Moving Takahashi' explores the space between human frailty and moxie, with two desperate but determined characters crashing into each other and failing spectacularly. Craig, a hustler of a moving company employee, discovers Juliana, alone in her bedroom, having just swallowed a lethal quantity of pills. Once entangled with Juliana, Craig becomes inextricably linked to saving her life Written by Anonymous

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Very professional in look and soundtrack but the plot, dialogue and characters never really work
12 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A pair of removal men are loading up a truck of good at a very well to- do house. The owners leave to go ahead to the next place, with the woman informing the men that her step-daughter is still in the house. When one of the movers goes up to clear her room, he finds her aggressive and just wanting to be left alone so that the overdose of pills she just took can take effect.

Although I am frequently guilty of it too, it does nark me a bit that the same people who would dismiss a blockbuster for being all superficial and no substance will forgive a short film for precisely the same thing. Most of the praise you will read on this film will generally lead with how professionally shot the whole thing is, with good cinematography and good use of the location. It also finishes with a big track from a big name (Jónsi) which again suggests this is not something banged out as a hobby. All of this is valid praise because the film does indeed look good. However you take one step beyond this and the problems are evident.

For me the base scenario never worked; it didn't ring true as an idea and the dialogue and characters didn't make it work. It feels like it is trying to be dark and quirky to be a romantic drama for a cynical modern audience, but rather than just "being" it felt like it was chasing this and trying too hard to the point where it was sprayed on like paint rather than engrained in the writing. This feeling is perfectly captured at the end of the film in the track by Jónsi. If the film had worked then this track would have complimented the quirky beauty of it all; however because the film doesn't work it just feels like yet another superficial push to create something that isn't really there.


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