Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 MFF Film #9 - Shorts: Life's Curveballs

Various Countries/Languages

Love Lockdown
Non-fiction story of a woman with two children, waiting for her fiancee to get out of jail.  Interesting, though not really notable.  Plus, I really didn't get the radio show that caters to shout-outs for inmates, but overall, it was well done. 
MFF Ballot Rating: 3 out of 5.

I'm Never Afraid
A young boy competitively races motor cross, but it turns out that he was born with his heart on the wrong side of chest, prompting doctors to first say he wouldn't live, then when he lived, they said he would be sickly.  This extremely active kid has beaten all of the odds and in fact, is a total daredevil.  This one was interesting, mainly because the boy was unbelievably sweet and caring with his friends and family, which is notable because he's 10 or 11 years old! 
MFF Ballot Rating:3 out of 5.

The first of three fiction shorts, Raju is about a German couple who adopt a young boy in India.  After the adoptive father loses Raju in a busy outdoor market, his search for the boy uncovers an ugly truth about the adoption.  This was a really great short that was fast paced and emotionally wrenching; more full-bodied than a lot of shorts I've seen. 
MFF Ballot Rating:4 out of 5.

Deeper Than Yesterday
A submarine crew finds a dead woman floating in the water, and once they surface to bring in her body, make some pretty unsavory plans for her.  One of the crew members risks his reputation (and life) to save her, even after she's already dead.  I'm actually making this sound better than it actually was and I'm still bored after re-reading what I wrote.  I was so confused about the point of the film that I probably paid the most attention to this short because I was looking for anything to like about it or even understand it. 
MFF Ballot Rating:2 out of 5.

A scientist conducts an experiment that leaves him unable to take of his space suit, and unable to communicate the dangers the experiment caused.  I really liked this one because the audience is just thrust into observing this guy in a weird space suit doing mundane things (like ringing up people in a checkout line at the market) so in the beginning, it's just observationally absurd.  Through monologues by the main character however, we learn the circumstances (which are no less absurd, by the way) which set up the rest of the film.  It was odd, shot in grainy black and white and totally entertaining. 
MFF Ballot Rating:4 out of 5.

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