Tsunami Falls | Short Film of the Day

Short Film of the Day September 11, 2020

Tsunami Falls

By Brian Mcwha with 6.9

drama · Short Films · english

The good, the bad and what it could have been - it is perhaps these three narratives that the short film invokes. A man wakes up one morning to find several missed calls in his phone, and the news of a tsunami of catastrophic proportions on the television. The countdown on the news shows about two minutes left until the waves strike the shoreline. The next visual is of the protagonist looking out of his window to reveal the beach on which he lives.

As the plot corners him into a place without the possibility of escape, the viewer too finds themselves pushed down a meandering, endless tunnel of the emotional journey of the trapped man. Thus begins a flow of memories, starting from his childhood up to the point of his current circumstance. From being a solitary figure, he is gradually endowed with a humaneness as the audience too becomes a participant in his experiences that, in turn, gives rise to a more intimate connection between them and the story.

The film employs flashbacks and flash-forwards to communicate its message. Motifs like a red clock and a walking stick are utilised to give a sense of the forward moving motion of time, along with offering a portrayal of pain and the role it plays in this non-linear narrative which subverts all structures of chronology. The visuals are elegant and the VFX smooth, allowing Tsunami Falls to succeed on different levels.
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