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Snooze Time (2012)

| Short, Drama
Evie struggles to come to terms with the funny and sometimes painful discrepancies between measured-time and time as she really experiences it. From the agonizing Morning After-Time to the ... See full summary »


Ivan Barge


Matt Harris (as Matthew Harris)


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Credited cast:
Fraser Brown ... Young Thom
Lisa Harrow ... Evie
Amber Rhodes Amber Rhodes ... Young Evie
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Thom


Evie struggles to come to terms with the funny and sometimes painful discrepancies between measured-time and time as she really experiences it. From the agonizing Morning After-Time to the merely annoying Snooze-Time. As Evie's life progresses her experience of time gets even more confusing. The significant events in her early life become more distant until she arrives at the Contradiction-Time of old age: the days seem to creep by , but oddly, Christmas comes around faster each year. It becomes clear that time is playing it's cruelest trick of all: it's running out. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama




New Zealand



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A bit on-the-nose in the images at times, but mostly it is reflective, meditative and quite touching
6 March 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

There are quite a few times with short films where I intellectually know that they are not perfect films, and that they have flaws that on another day maybe would break the film for me, but at the same time I love what it does and how it does it. This is the case with the New Zealand short film Snooze Time, which on one hand is a bit too sentimental and obvious in some aspects of its delivery, but then on the other is true, honest and moving in its discussion of how one's perception of time changes through a lifetime – with the only constant being that it is running out.

I think the clash comes between the words and the pictures. So to deal with the words first, they are beautifully written and delivered; the delicate background of the music guides the feelings of the viewer, without ever crassly pushing them. The poetry of the dialogue is very effective – meditative and encouraging the viewer to reflect with it, on how time flies, time slows, time drags, and yes how it ultimately runs out. Okay there is an element of sentiment about it, but mostly it manages this well. The same is mostly true of the images – they do match the dialogue, following the narrator through time and the film. I had some reservation about this as, although effective, I thought some of the scenes were maybe a bit too obvious and perhaps put too much in front of the viewer when it would have been better to give us more space to explore what we are feeling, but mostly it did both – just some specifics I thought a bit too on the nose.

It isn't a perfect film, and I'm sure for some viewers they will feel the film stumbles and fails on the aspects that I think it bridged, however it is a touching one (mainly thanks to the writing and delivery) and it is a film that will give you a feeling of reflection and thought.

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