Wednesday, January 24, 2024

SHELL COVERED OX (2024) Sundance 2024

As a teenage girl prepares to perform in her school concert  she has to worry about possibly turning into an ox like many of her friends.

This film doesn’t quite work. Juggling too much in too short a time the film never finds it’s voice or it’s tone. Is it a film about coming of age? Is it a film about missing a sibling? Is it a family relationship film? The film never seems to know for certain. Everything kind of gets lost except for the oxen which seem to take up a bit too much screen time.

Reservations aside I am pretty certain that if this goes on to be a feature film  it will actual work better where there will be time to explore everything it wants to explore.

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