Through a Glass, Darkly (2015)

While on vacation at the beach with her older sister, Julia, a curious teen, sells her soul to the devil for the magic of the boardwalk.

Director:

J.J. Blake

Writer:

J.J. Blake
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Cast

Credited cast:
Josh Bernard-Kriegl Josh Bernard-Kriegl ... Ricky
Delaney Gosse Delaney Gosse ... Julia
Devon Padley ... Kate
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Storyline

While on vacation at the beach with her older sister, Julia, a curious teen, sells her soul to the devil for the magic of the boardwalk.

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hampton, New Hampshire, USA

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Budget:

$200 (estimated)
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Off the Town Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color
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Confusing and Pretentious
12 October 2017 | by johnlemmon-25862See all my reviews

The film feels like it was designed to be just the first few minutes of a larger piece. It lacks depth, it focuses on bizarre elements, and honestly, without the plot summary given by the cast I would not have known what the story is supposed to be about.

While the film's advertising tries to present it as a Faustian bargain, what it actually is about is a few teenagers running around a beach town having arguments that range from, "should we go and look at the water some more", to "is stealing wrong". The thing is, none of these issues fit together to tell the story that they claim to. It makes the film confusing.

By the end of the film you can tell how proud the filmmakers are of how they must be making you think, but there isn't anything to think about. The dialogue is supposed to be deep and meaningful but really means nothing.

The saddest thing about the film though is that while the acting is terrible I'm actually more willing to blame that on the writer/director. What kind of direction can you give when the dialogue is incomprehensible and the story is so unclear that you need a summary to understand what is going on?


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