Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Assorted Bits & Pieces: Short Subject--Smoke (2007) review
This 7 minute (little over, actually) surrealist, modern expressionistic short film comes from Eastern European filmmaker, Grzegorz Cisiecki. Bearing an apparent nod to David Lynch, the plot as it were seems to be the dreams, and, or nightmares of a man suffering from either depression, or some form of dementia brought on by normal human travails--mundane job, difficulties with women and the general public, etc.
There's an obviously large amount of style present here in what is essentially an experimental short subject brimming with both a mysterious and eerie atmosphere branded with Lynchian aesthetics. Portions of the feature reminded me a bit of Kubrick. Thankfully, it abandons the popular Hollywood cliche of a lot of music video rapid cuts instead relying on mood and slightly nightmarish imagery to tell its brief, albeit ambiance rich story. There's also no actual dialog, just some minor whispered murmurs on one or two occasions. Those with an appreciation for a more artistic, visual canvas will probably find this of the most interest.
You can view the film at these links below...
SMOKE SHORT FILM ON YOUTUBE
SMOKE SHORT FILM ON VIMEO.COM
SMOKE SHORT FILM IMDB PAGE
SMOKE ROTTEN TOMATOES PAGE