Monday, May 19, 2008

At the River

Quoting the program guide: "In the shadow of the Confederacy, two young men on the verge of adulthood confront their sexual identities one hot summer day down at the river." This film, completely free of dialogue, captures just a single brief incident. However, if I hadn't read the program notes beforehand, I would have had no idea that it was set in the U.S. Civil War; the only clues are one officer's cap and the antique firearms we see briefly. Without that key bit of context, the film makes much less sense. Recommended, but only with that caveat.

At the River, dir. Todd Raviotta, USA 2008, 7 min. 35mm (on video), no dialogue

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