Monday, February 6, 2023

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2023 Shorts I HAVE NO TEARS AND I MUST CRY, CHRISTOPHER AT SEA, TROY, IVALU and RED SUITCASE

I saw a number of shorts playing SBIFF at previous festivals and here are the reposts:

I am not certain what to say about I HAVE NO TEARS… This story of a man and a woman who go into meet with an  immigration official about the woman staying in the United States. It is a capsule of what happens during the brief meeting and what happens on either side of it.

As it stand it s a beautifully acted, great looking film that perfectly captures a moment.

And that is the problem with the film, this Is a moment in time. While we are moved by what happens, there is clearly more to the story. The lives of everyone on screen bleed off the screen since the film is very much alive. However the film leaves us wanting to know more. What happens next? What happened going into this? We can make assumptions but I liked the characters enough I want to know what happened.

As good as the film is it left me unsatisfied.

Quibble aside this is worth a look

CHRISTOPHER AT SEA is a super short film about a man going to sea and what he finds there. Its a visual delight and deserving of better coverage than I can give it. Actually its so good you should just see it.

A couple has a noisy neighbor who has a lot of very loud sex. Will the couple survive?

This is a good short that produces laughs and knowing nods. At the same time  I kind of wish this film had been a bit longer. The film at times feels a little too fast moving and I think it would have shone a bit brighter had we had a few extra minutes with the characters and situations

At the same time I’m quibbling. This is worth a look.

Achingly beautiful and moving story of a young girl trying to find out what happened to her sister. No one seems to care, however she does.  This is a killer little film about love and loss.

A young woman arrives in Luxembourg with a red suitcase and a desire to be free.

A lovely little film.

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