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Aftermath (Akibet) 
Written by: on February 25th, 2015

Release Dates: Turkey, December 29th, 2014
Approximate running time: 8 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)

Director: Tofic Rzayev
Written by: Tofic Rzayev
Translated to the screen by: Erdogan Ulgur
Music: Gergö Elekes
Editor: Tofic Rzayev
Cinematography: Tofic Rzayev
Cast: Gizem Aybike Sahin, Berkan Uygun

Far too often with short films there is a tendency to try to cram in as much information as possible to make up for the shorter running time of said features. Fortunately that is not the case with Aftermath, a film that deals with the loss of loved ones.

There are two characters in this film, a brother and a sister who have lost their parents. And though they have both lost just as much, the way in which they process their grief is what drives this film’s narrative. Where the sister character wants to be more open about her feelings and discuss what has happened. The brother character wants to ignore what he is feeling and this stubbornness ends up jading the character. The scope of this film’s narrative takes place over two scenes and this minimalism greatly strengthens this film’s tragic finale.

From a technical standpoint there are not that many areas where this film does not excel. The visuals are consistently strong and they do a great job reinforcing the tone of the film. And from a performance wise both actors are very good in their respective roles.

You can check this film out here.

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