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Little Black Dress (2005)

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Good material, nicely filmed with OK acting and poor editing/directing
23 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This short film, directed by Talia Lugacy, presents an appropriately short, simple and intensely dialogical story centered on Rosario Dawon's Haile - the main character. The theme of this film is the insecurities involved in trying to make a professional connection with somebody you respect but do not know. Rosario is planning for a big career opportunity and has a little black dress she is going to use, presumably to attract attention. But she has major misgivings and fears humiliation as she approaches the moment of truth. Then she meets Donna Mitchell in the Ladies' room, and in just a few moments, her whole point of view changes dramatically.

The cinematography and overall plot movement are the highlight of this film. But despite the nice photographic technique and the good pace, the film is badly edited. While the acting is actually fairly good - on all sides - the editing ruins some of the crucial dialog scenes, and actually makes the acting look bad by creating pacing problems and awkward moments where they do not belong. Some of these scenes probably should have been re-shot. Given the quality of the material and the sensitive treatment of the theme in the hyperbolic script, it is too bad that shorts are so rarely remade.


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