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Me & You (2015)

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Georgia Clarke-Day
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Familiar approach (if not camera-angle) but is still well structured to be effective, relatable, and realistic
5 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

One static camera shoots a series of short scenes from directly above a young man's bedroom – no, wait, it is not like that. The plot sees him get together with a girl he likes, and their relationship is presented to us in this series of short scenes over a spread of time; I guess it is not too hard to guess that we will see their relationship go on a particular journey, since the narrative structure of the film is not something new or particularly innovative – even if the specific details of it are.

The gimmick (if this is the right word) of shooting from directly above is one that works quite well, because it provides the viewer a static point while time jumps forward – so we have this as a sort of anchor. It also works as an interest angle from which to view the relationship – and one that doesn't affect the story-telling. The 7- minute run- time does seem a bit long, and this isn't helped by the recent This Is It doing a similar idea in a very effective 3 minutes; indeed the "gimmick" of the delivery does suggest that it should be shorter, however at the same time the couple in the story make use of that time – so for example, yes we do spend a lot of time in the film with them just enjoying themselves, but why not? Why should the film be more about the bad times when in reality the majority of any relationship will probably be good times or so-so times – the end to any relationship usually happens quicker than many of us would like.

The film does well to show us that closeness and initial flush of love, gradually changing and being stretched; again it is nothing that other shorts have not done before, but this doesn't mean that it isn't also well done here too. The music is a little on-the-nose at times, but mostly it works and adds to the feelings through the delivery. As a whole, it may well have a narrative approach that is familiar but the gimmick of the delivery gives it a fresh feel, and, most importantly, the ebb and flow of the relationship is well presented so that it is relatable and realistic.


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