Friday, July 19, 2019
Total Performance and Miss Freelance are playing in Brooklyn July 25
Really good little short score bonus points for taking things into an unexpected and natural direction. I didn't really see how this was going to go with the film, which is often the case but where many short filmmmakers create turns for effect and to be noticed, writer director Sean Meehan instead makes the flow of the story feel natural.
I really liked this film a great deal and recommend it
MISS FREELANCE is a gut punch. Containing a series of sterling performances, it may be the best thing I’ve seen Timothy Cox do by a lot, and it is a soul crushing debut of Maddy Murphy that should put her on the radar of everyone, it is a film that must be seen and experienced.
The film is a series of encounters Murphy has with various men. Most of them pay her for company or sex. She seemingly doesn’t need a normal relationship, or so she tells Tim Cox, giving his best performance, in a heart breaking scene. However since we observe her over the course of the film we realize that might not be the case.
A film of carefully chosen words, silences and old radio shows, MISS FREELANCE is a film that seems simple and straight forward until it’s not. Somewhere about half way in things begin to turn and our hearts melt and break. We realize that we are not in Kansas but the landscape of someone who isn’t being wholly honest to herself. There is more than we first thought and it’s all behind Murphy‘s eyes. I was so shocked at what I was seeing that when I realized what the landscape really was I knew that I would have to watch the film again because I know I missed stuff at the start. The result was even more heartbreaking.
MISS FREELANCE is a small masterpiece. It is a must see. The performances by everyone involved deserve to be studied. More importantly Maddy Murphy needs to be noticed and become a star.
I can’t recommend this film enough.
MISS FREELANCE and TOTAL CONTROL play at Entholigy Film Screenings in Brooklyn on July 25th. Go buy tickets