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The Silent Treatment (2003)

It's the morning after a party at Bill and Sara's house. Bill wakes up with a sore head, a bruised face and no real memory of what happened. Sara is no use to helping him remember, as she ... See full summary »

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Peter Lydon

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Peter Lydon
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Marc Warren ... Bill
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Sara
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It's the morning after a party at Bill and Sara's house. Bill wakes up with a sore head, a bruised face and no real memory of what happened. Sara is no use to helping him remember, as she is not speaking to him; although Bill can't stop talking. As he talks he begins to work out that somehow she may have found out about something he did with another woman. Written by bob the moo

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One talks, the other doesn't.

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Comedy | Drama | Short

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Very well acted story
14 March 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

It's the morning after a party at Bill and Sara's house. Bill wakes up with a sore head, a bruised face and no real memory of what happened. Sara is no use to helping him remember, as she is not speaking to him - although Bill can't stop talking. As he talks he begins to work out that somehow she may have found out about something he did with another woman.

Essentially this film is a doubleheader, set in one flat like a stage play, although really all the speaking is pretty much done by Bill. As all of us who have been in a long-term relationship will know, sometimes it is best just to accept the silent treatment and keep your mouth shut as well. Here we see that first hand as Bill basically reacts in the same way as many men do - blowing steam, not accepting responsibility and eventually taking the high ground. This is never a smart thing to do and it isn't in this case as Bill basically just makes things worse for himself. As a complete little story it works quite well and is amusing all the way.

Much of the credit for this goes to Warren. Seeing him recently in `Hustle', it is easy to forget that he is a good actor as he just seems to be doing impressions and exaggerations in that series. Here he carries the whole film and he is very natural and good, with only the occasional bit where he exceeds his emotional range and his rants sound like, well, they sound like he is acting. Wilson-Jones does more than you think with her facial expressions and body language. It is easy to forget she had a lot to do and she did well.

The direction is good, making good use of the flat and moving well around the well-lit rooms. It would have been easy to turn this into a stage play format but the movement of the camera makes it feel more realistic. Overall this is an enjoyable short film that works as a complete little story and is amusing even if the ending is a bit too tidy and easy.


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UK

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English

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22 October 2003 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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GBP29,355 (estimated)
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H3O Films See more »
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