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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Short Film: Red Balloon (2010)

Not to be confused with 1956's THE RED BALLOON, this 2010 short film from directors Damien MacĂ© and Alexis Wajsbrot is something of a twist on the "babysitter-in-danger" subgenre of films.  Julie (the beautiful Rachel Bright) is babysitting young Dorothy (Niamh Palmer Watson), who is having difficulty sleeping.  Julie first assumes that the girl is suffering from nightmares, but as we soon discover...the nightmare is hers.

Clocking in at only 13 minutes, there isn't a lot of time for character development, but the filmmakers still manage to squeeze in an impressive amount of feats.  There is a definite creep factor on display the entire way through, not only through the character interactions but also through some less-noticeable background elements that help to weave the fear into a more complete tapestry (i.e., the news report on television, and the unusual family photo).  There are also some truly fantastic shots, such as when the camera backs through the house, through a glass vase, through the pierced ear of a Buddha statue, through the window, and into the garden before reversing its trajectory and taking us into the upstairs bedroom.

The character design showcased at the end was pretty cool looking, although it was never clearly shown.  It would be an unnecessary move to turn this into a full-length feature as the short pretty much stands on its own, but I would still be in line to see it.  Picture this as an epic pre-credit sequence to a movie that unfolds on a grander scale, and you would probably be in line, too.


RED BALLOON from Alexis Wajsbrot on Vimeo.
--J/Metro

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