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A Truncated Story of Infinity (2012)

A poetic and scientific exploration of infinity in the everyday. Comprised of various visual representations of infinity interspersed throughout a non-linear narrative. Following a day in ... See full summary »

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Paul Trillo

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Paul Trillo
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Credited cast:
Mackenzie Bourbin Mackenzie Bourbin
Ricardo Cabral Ricardo Cabral ... Narrator (voice) (as Rick Cabral)
Andrew Falberg Andrew Falberg
Elias Greendorfer Elias Greendorfer
Cyrus Moshrefi Cyrus Moshrefi ... Vincent
Jeri Silverman Jeri Silverman
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A poetic and scientific exploration of infinity in the everyday. Comprised of various visual representations of infinity interspersed throughout a non-linear narrative. Following a day in the life of Vincent and his multiple variations that exist throughout the universe. The story begins to fracture into different threads when he follows a would be lover down the street. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

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USA

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English

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Like Sliding Doors but with a nicely dry mix of poetry and science in the effective narration
23 August 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short film doesn't really offer too much new in the narrative as the plot here is the endless possibilities of having multiple universes where a version of ourselves plays out in a slightly different way each day. In the case of this film, we see versions of Vincent (although his name is superfluous) meeting a girl, not meeting a girl, saying the right thing to here, saying the wrong thing, and so on. As a plot it has a certain sweetness and a nice tone of wonder at the randomness of how things come to be and how they all are, but it is the delivery that makes it enjoyable.

From the start there is a dated feeling to the film, with objects recognizable from childhood such as the mobile of the universe, and the title credit itself seeming somehow to have been put through instagram to make it look older. The makers seem to have shot multiple variations of the same scenes because often the film appears to be one consistent movement of the camera while lots of small things change within the shot; it is a pleasing and engaging visual effect although it is not overdone. The romance aspect is nicely delivered so that it has a bittersweet quality that again I found likable, but this, like almost everything, works well because of the dialogue and the narration.

Although the lead actor on the screen is Moshrefi, it is the voice work by Cabral that really sticks in the mid. He has a very warm but detached voice throughout the film and it works very well with the dialogue. Trillo's script is not filled with witty dialogue or quotable lines, but it is consistently to tone and on message; it has a very laid back and philosophical edge to it, which I found calming and engaging at the same time – and it did fit with the idea of so many possibilities and so many little things making such a big difference and we don't even know. It is hard to describe for me, but it fits with the whole film well and ultimately this is what makes it work.

It isn't that it is amazingly clever or funny or smart or has a great moment or two; it is more that the film has an engaging and pleasing tone and delivers it consistently across the whole running time of the film and across all aspects of the film – from the title, to the dialogue, to the camera movement, to the narration, right through to the 80's electronic music at the end. All of it works together to produce a whole that must be almost perfectly the vision Trillo had in his head, because it does come together really well throughout.


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