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Short Film of the Day March 15, 2024

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By Matthew Maffei with 7.2

drama · Short Films · english

The film brings to life a poignant story of a household on the brink of collapse. A couple navigates the myriad complexities of their crumbling marriage, against the backdrop of two of their young sons moving from one childhood antic to another.

The fictional elements of the story are coupled with those of a documentary to present to the viewer an efficient and seamless utilization of the docu-fiction style. The end result is not only defined by the singularity of voice and visual progression but also by the remarkable performances and the unmissable chemistry of the sparring couple. All of these together ensure that a sense of underlying tension, something simmering right under the surface, never truly leaves the narrative.

The film maintains a firm conviction in its quietness, further tied with a notable background score. This, in turn, allows an expert engagement with all of its intentions and layered subject matter. Amidst the unfolding chaos of the household, however, a truly terrible development awaits, one from which there is no looking away, one which finally presents the crescendo and the eventual conclusion to the conflict thus presented to the viewer.
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