A one day portrait of a female gas station attendant try to leave a small town forever.

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Ashley Peoples ...
Abigail
Scott Smith ...
Driver
Praveen Collins ...
Duane
Lily Feinn ...
Coworker
Danielle Sadé James ...
Dina
Jack Ferry ...
Beaumont
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At the end of her last day at work a female gas station attendant try to leave town forever. She get her last pay check and went directly to the opposite bus stop. But the bus she wants to take doesn't stop there anymore. So she has to find a new way out. While she walks through town she meet a few people they all asking her about her mother. Written by Niki Müller(El Rey)

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24 May 2012 (France)  »

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It is difficult and minimalist watch for the same reasons that it is a good film
8 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Abigail sees a girl working the pumps in a small town gas station; she has plans after her shift to quit town and head somewhere else, but the sheer lack of change and movement in her life and surroundings just seem to conspire against her.

This is a very minimalist short film which takes its time and is mostly silent and lacking in detail. We follow Abigail through a couple of short scenes whereby we understand both the reasons that she wishes to move on but also the reasons why she has thus far failed to do so. As it delivers slowly and without much energy it is a difficult film to watch, but this also feeds into the tone of the short film, which is one of nothingness and the lack of hope – not hopelessness, which is different, but just the lack of hope. Even as Abigail tries to leave we sense she doesn't even believe it herself. The tone of the film works very well and it complements the otherwise empty scenes.

Peoples' performance is understated but good. She realty doesn't have too many lines but she convinces whether she is pumping gas or just showing the strain of everything on her face or in her body. The washed out cinematography and direction from Reilly adds to this sense of a small place with few options and a lack of inspiration or beauty. It is not a short film that will knock your socks off or hit you in the gut with one punch, but it works because it is difficult and blank – although conversely it does feel difficult and blank because it works, which is a downside. It is an impression or an imprint of a situation, rather than the full situation, but it is worth seeing and a good short film because of it.


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