8/26/15

FAMILIAR (2012)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

I really appreciates when directors and producers contacts me, so please don't hesitate to send us your material if you have any. It always comes as a surprise and this time it was Zach Green, producer of Fatal Pictures which spread his warm joy and contacted me about some shortfilms that he wanted me to go through, and this is one of the biggest reasons why I love indie films.






Familiar, a surreal SciFi-shortfilm at twenty minutes directed by Richard Powell. The film focuses on the dramatic depth - the visual simplicity - and you don't have to contend with any eye contrasts or effects. You just have to sit back in peace and disconnect all thoughts about any big film productions and enter the body's sensorfilled rows where the dramatic and the existential game has the greatest impact.

The film is about the Dodd family - and the father, John, has a tendency to hate his family most of all. All he wants is that his daughter make it through college so he can spend the rest of his life in solitude. But the toughest news comes when they find out that his wife is pregnant AGAIN. This drives John crazy and he does everything so his wife will have a miscarriage. He succeed on his mission but her wife gets depressed. The only problem is that she hasn't given up all hope and will try to get pregnant once again. But John gets crazier and crazier in every thought that possesses his shattered psyche and now the dismal escape remains - Something has taken over him, but what?

It's not easy to make something interesting and consistent over a running time of twenty minutes. I think it would've been much easier to focus on a feature film. As a short film, it's usually difficult to catch the viewer, but Familiar is perfect in every way,  even if the end could've ended with a more fair. The film carries such a psychological twist and offer the beginning of a tumor that makes me think of Frank Henenlotters character Belial from "Basket Case" and the effects in this case are incredibly sharp. Towards the end my thoughts spins on to something more surreal in style with some David Cronenberg character. I don't want to reveal too much, but it's absolutely amazing and very entertaining.

I love the camera technology and its filter. It's so simple and harmonious and showing the typical HD quality - pure eye candy for an open mind. The script also has an important contrast that's perfect for the film's concept. The actors are perfect in their roles and no one had been able to replace Robert Nolan in the role as father John Dodd - He's so damn exclusive in his appearance.

Short films are one of my greatest passions and I'm very happy to have gained access to this one. It was one of the best short film experiences I've had in a very long time and now I'm really looking forward to seeing more films from "Fatal Pictures'. Familiar made ​​me speechless with wonder and a feeling I want to experience again. If you get the chance to watch it, don't hesitate. You will definitely love it if you’re a big fan of David Cronenberg.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5



Directed by:
 Richard Powell

Written by: Richard Powell
Produced by: Michael Jari Davidson, Zach Green, Ryan Louagie, Richard Powell
Cinematography by: Michael Jari Davidson
Editing by: Tom Mountain, Navin Ramaswaran
Music by: Bernie Greenspoon
Special Effects by: Indiana Allemang, Steven Dawley,
Carlos Henriques, Kevin Hutchinson, Ryan Louagie, Jani Louw

Cast: Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza, Cat Hostick
Year: 2012
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 20min

Distributor: Fatal Pictures.


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