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Outside (2004)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Short | 21 August 2004 (USA)
Outside is a futuristic drama about a survivor struggling to break free from a repressive post-apocalyptic society.


Jenn Kao


Jenn Kao

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Courtney Ford ... Devi
Keaton Talmadge ... M
Juliet Juliet ... Ari
Elisabeth Naughton Elisabeth Naughton ... Speaker Friend
Theresa Schwartzman Theresa Schwartzman ... Speaker Friend / Outsider
Abigail Severance Abigail Severance ... Speaker Friend
Janette Temerian Janette Temerian ... Kissing Couple
Hunter Huston Hunter Huston ... Kissing Couple
Chris Tucci Chris Tucci ... Angry Mouth
John Morgan John Morgan ... Angry Mouth
Eva Barda ... Outsider
Will Collyer ... Outsider
Stacy Helvey Stacy Helvey ... Outsider
Alexandra Holtzman Alexandra Holtzman ... Outsider
Max Kogod Max Kogod ... Outsider


In a post-apocalyptic world, Devi is one of the chosen few: she lives alone in a cell where her meals are provided; her link with others is via radio phone. She and one particular friend, Ari, talk every day, taking imaginary sensory walks, describing to each other the beach or a glade. Photos of Ari are by Devi's phone. Devi has a window to the outside, and young nomads sometimes look in, bang on the window, and make fun of her. She's safe from them. Then, one day, she and M, one of the nomads, begin what may become a friendship. Food, water, earth, and a rock change hands, then their hands touch. There's safety inside: can Devi share her feelings with Ari? Are there alternatives? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sci-Fi | Short


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21 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA


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$125,000 (estimated)
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Not your usual science fiction film
15 March 2005 | by FlickKickerSee all my reviews

Jenn Kao's short film Outside is indeed a science fiction film but to call it that risks having it dismissed as one of a thousand non-descript genre pieces that give all of sci-fi a bad name. Outside is really a subtly acted and directed character drama set in a science fiction world. The fact that all of the main characters are women also sets it apart from the typical picture one has of a science fiction film. This film stands out from the dregs of the science fiction genre, dominated as it is by cliché male heroes, over-the-top villains, and formulaic plot. Rather it aspires to the best that science fiction can be. In the tradition of Solaris, 2001, and others it creates vividly original settings and characters. It outwardly explores a strange environment and inwardly explores what it means for a person to be isolated. If you can catch this film at a festival, do so. It's a great example of just how unique a world one can create, even in the short film genre. It has excellent performances, beautiful cinematography and production design, and shows real original talent on the part of writer/director Jenn Kao.

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