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- Inspired By: Georgi Gospodinov’s short story
- Director and Screenplay: Theodore Ushev
- Narrator: Caroline Dhavernas
- Music By: Kottarashky
- Runtime: 8 Minutes
- Release Date: 15th Feb 2016
Time. The point is that if there had been no concept of death, destruction or an end then there would have been no concept of time within a space. Without time, things would have been really easy for our mind, as all that we would have to worry about then is the now.
But, as we know, ‘reality bites’ and sadly, time exists. Our minds, without any doubt, are burdened with the thoughts of the past and the future.
In this story, Georgi Gospodinov just reverses this perspective of viewing time. The protagonist of this story that is Vaysha, as the name of the film suggests, cannot see the present. She can only see the past from her left eye and the future from her right, and therefore she has no concept of the now. This style of wearing a shirt inward-out perspective of Gospodinov relinquishes the rebellious and feeds an insecure minds. This in turn impacts the ‘present’ consciousness of the viewers, making them remember the times when their thoughts lost control and wondered pointlessly towards the past memories or the unknown future causing a sense of needless depression and anxiety. This movie critically reminds its audience how their pointless insecurities make them miss out on the ‘here’ and the ‘now’.
The next thing that highlights about this film is the animation, shot by Theodore Ushev and the music, by Kottarashky. The problem with short movies is that they need to convey their point in a limited time frame. For that, they need to make efficient use of all the possible medium exposed to them. Well, this 8-minute film rises up to this challenge extremely well. Ushev, for instance, enriches the plot with the use of symbolism at the beginning of the film thus preparing the audience beforehand with regards to what is to come. Not only that, the complementary way in which the linocut-style animation by Ushev and the Balkan psychedelic musical by Kottarashky intermingle together to present this absurd concept of Gospodinov’s story, was also extremely entertaining.
Anything bizarre or out of ordinary usually makes people anxious or scared. Contrary to that, Caroline Dhavernas’s mature, calm, neutral and composed tone of narration makes the experience of watching this bizarre plot of the film thought-provoking.
Well, all I can say is that this movie cannot remove your anxiety for the future neither does it have that much of an impact to break your habit of thinking about the past hurts or loses. But, this movie does make you pause for a while and think. And that, only very few movies have the power to do.
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