In the latest stunner by the team behind the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, a married couple's bubble of suburban normality is punctured when they find a surprise inside their toddler's teddy bear.
On the brink of demise, self-destructive Richie has sadly reached the lowest point in his life, and now, he desperately wants out. However, nothing is over yet, as an unexpected call from Richie's estranged sister, Maggie, will offer a helping hand, and perhaps, a new meaning in life, even though it is only a fleeting one. Strange as it may seem, although Richie is the last person she would ever call, Maggie, distraught, still needs his help to look after her young daughter, Sophia, for the night. Little by little, as the two alienated relatives timidly reconnect under New York's silvery night lights, a subtle and delicate relationship will form. Could it be the beginning of a new reality?Written by
Originally, a different song was meant to be featured in the bowling alley scene. The scene was choreographed with that song as basis. However, the artist wouldn't agree to give the rights for the song to be used in the film, so at the last minute, Shawn Christensen had to write and record a new one to be used as a replacement, while keeping up with the tempo of the scene. See more »
Here's a list of appropriate places you're allowed to take me. If you take me somewhere that is not on the list there'll be hell to pay. Here's some money for you to spend on me and on me only. If you spend it on anything else - like drugs - there'll be hell to pay. You're not allowed in the apartment until you drop me off at ten-thirty.If I'm not back home by ten-thirty on the dot, there'll be hell to pay.
Well, I'm glad we got that out of the way. My name is Richard and I am your uncle.
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Yes, this short film is OK. It ticks all of the boxes that make festival judges salivate. It has the lonely protagonist going through a crisis, we have the sister that creates the main conflict early on - early enough to stop him from doing the unspeakable. The young girl does a good job here as the bratty child with a strict to do list.
The story was well paced and it keeps you engaged. Some parts bordered on pretension though, such as the use of the song, "We'll Meet Again", and the composition, "Si on change les équipes ce n'est plus une revanch". These seemed misplaced - as if it was a case of, we acquired the rights so we'll use it type of thing.
The dance sequence was also out of place. It didn't make any sense. It took me right out of the story. Onto the positives, Shawn Christensen is a good writer/director and was able to handle being the lead character too with relative ease. Curfew really cleaned up the Official Selections and Awards. I mean it's good but is it that good?
Christensen is clearly well known and has a lot of contacts in the industry. I've seen shorts this good and better that didn't get the recognition they deserve. They just fell into oblivion because the talent were simply not known.
Anyway, this is a solid effort all round. 7/10.
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