Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 16th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2014
Production Company: Denver / Goines Production, Kuboa Cinema
Approximate running time: 60 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Pablo D’Stair
Writer: Pablo D’Stair
Cinematographer: Paul VanBrocklin
Music Supervisor: Remy Faulke
Cast: Carlyle Edwards, Helen Bonaparte, Goodloe Byron, Laura Anne Walling, Adam Grayson, Carlos Gonzalez-Fernandez, Toby Jacobs
When this film begins we meet an unhappy couple who appear to be on the verge of a separation. Things start to escalate as lovers from their pasts reimage in their lives. And from there go awry as the story makes an unexpected turn in its final scene. Going into much more detail spoils a few well timed surprises.
Now that is a simplified version of the events which unfold in this film. And what occurs in over the span of sixty minutes can actually be a chore to follow and fully digest what is going on.
This film’s main obstacle is its narrative structure which feels like it could have been more fleshed out. And though there is a fair amount of back-story and character motivation laid out. This film most definitely could have benefited by adding a few more moments to smooth out the flow of information.
From a production stand point the stark black and white cinematography gives this film the Film Noir vibe it is going for. Also there is something about shooting in black and white that always magnifies the performances, whether it be the good or the bad of said performances. In regard to the performances in this film they tend come off as too stylized. In some films this type of acting works, but in a film like this I was expecting more grounded performances.
All these issues aside, though I do enjoy films that are like puzzles. The end result has to have an obtainable payoff that ties everything that has just happened together.
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