Friday 20 November 2015

[Film Review] Over

Writer/Director Jorn Threllfall
Running Time; 15 minutes

A quiet typical suburban English street turns in what looks like a crime scene. The story unfolds through nine consecutive scenes in reverse order.

Less is more from the running time to Jorn Threllfall's minimalist script devoid of any dialogue save for the occasional murmur. This is his strength keeping the viewer captivated waiting for something to happen as both observer and amateur detective. The latter is served as Threllfall increasingly tantalises with titbits as each scene progresses and watching the scenes unravel actually feel like time is passing much slower. The viewer becomes obsessed with every little detail to the point. Seemingly simple occurrences such as the rustling leaves in the wind to a father and son enjoying a kick around on the green become the focus in waiting for some sort of clue, anticipation for the big reveal.

As a storyteller Threllfall brilliantly lets the events speak for themselves bit by bit having fun with the traditional cinematic narrative rarely seen except in films like Michael Haneke's "Hidden" and Christopher Nolan's "Memento". Essentially it is clever story telling with a social angle that hits hard in every respect at the end that should give everyone watching some pause for thought.

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