Most is the story of a single father who takes his eight year-old son to work with him at the railroad drawbridge where he is the bridge tender. A day before, the boy meets a woman boarding a train, a drug abuser. At the bridge, the father goes into the engine room, and tells his son to stay at the edge of the nearby lake. A ship comes, and the bridge is lifted. Though it is supposed to arrive an hour later, the train happens to arrive. The son sees this, and tries to warn his father, who is not able to see this. Just as the oncoming train approaches, his son falls into the drawbridge gear works while attempting to lower the bridge, leaving the father with a horrific choice. The father then lowers the bridge, the gears crushing the boy. The people in the train are completely oblivious to the fact a boy died trying to save them, other than the drug addict woman, who happened to look out her train window. The movie ends, with the man wandering a new city, and meets the woman, no longer ...Written by
I saw MOST at the Nashville Film Festival in May,2003. The film is about a single father and his son in modern day Poland. They seem to have only each other, and through the course of the film we see the nature and depth of their relationship. There are a set of secondary characters developed in the opening scenes and we are allowed to understand that the train these characters are getting on, is key to the story. We learn that the father is a railroad drawbridge operator when he takes his son to the work with him. The journey to the bridge is when the film sets the hook. It is among the most subtle and effective uses of foreshadowing and emotional participation I have ever seen. I will tell no more, but that the father must make the most difficult decision of any parent's life and the audience, now involved , must make the decision with him. It is masterful storytelling. If you have a chance to see it, please make it a priority. It is the kind of short film that raises the bar.
MOST is about 30 minutes long and manages to tell a feature length story. It has a primarily Polish cast and is subtitled. The film was written by producer Billy Zabka( "Sweep the leg Johnny!") and director Bobby Garabedian. They are best known as a music video directing team(Sarah Evans, among others), but prove themselves capable of narrative storytelling in this medium.
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