FILM REVIEWS

THE INCREDIBLE TALE OF THE SPIRITLESS MAN

The Incredible Tale of the Spiritless Man is a short film directed by Marcella C. De Finis. It stars Joana Caetano and Tarcius Guedes. Caetano plays Bruna, a sort of magical guide that is trying to help Guedes’ Julio get his spirt (literal) back. The film opens with Guedes trying and failing to choose and outfit, so he goes to the store to pick up a new shirt. It is there that he meets Bruna, and it is revealed that he is choosing a shirt because he wants to look nice when commits suicide later in the day. Bruna convinces him that the problem is that he needs to find his spirit (which is represented by a separate person in the film) again because it has gone away, so the two head out on a journey to the bar where his spirit is waiting.

I really liked the premise of this film and especially enjoyed the initial conversation between Bruno and Julio and thought that Caetano did a good job at bantering with Guedes. Guedes (for obvious plot reasons) was much less lighthearted but was still very enjoyable. Although their performances were solid, the story was a bit confusing at points. There were some plot points that felt rushed or glossed over. Every scene in the bar of lost spirits was a bit confusing, a little more focused storytelling and clarity would have gone a long way. I did enjoy the cinematography in the film, as well as the set design and lighting. Despite some minor sound and editing choices I thought the film was of a very high quality overall. The costumes and makeup also added very positively to the film.

Although I was hoping for some more answers than I was given, I still enjoyed the film especially the performances given by Caetano and Guedes. Also, as mentioned before the cinematography and set design were very well done. Marcella C. De Finis clearly has a vision and shows a lot of talent in this film and I look forward to seeing her future projects.

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DARKUS BUCKERBERGIUS

   

DARKUS BUCKERBERGIUS is a short film by Schikhur that displays the trial of philosopher Darkus. Darkus is on trial because he is fighting against an oppressive regime and inspiring others to do the same. Although the theme’s importance is made clear throughout Darkus’s articulate argument throughout the film, the ending jump to the present also shows the timeliness of the issue, which was a clever twist. 

I felt that the second half of the film was stronger than the first half. One reason for this was I felt that in the second half, the music was better used to convey the mood. In the first half some of the music felt forced or misplaced. I also felt that there were some audio issues in the first half, that seemed to be fixed in the second half. While, the ideas being expressed (especially by Darkus) were inspiring, his speaking sometimes felt monotonous, therefore losing its impact on the audience. Schikhur should be commended for his creativity and versatility in this project. 

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