“Curfew” (2012)

This short film won the Academy Award for Best Live Action short a while back, and honestly, it’s not hard to see why. This film takes a relatively standard stock premise that’s been done before and takes a few more chances with it. Some of the imagery in this is extremely dark and grimy, but never in a way that feels like overkill. The relationship that grows between the two leads feels natural, if a little rushed (which is expected considering it’s a short), and the acting from them is good. The directing in this is really good, with an excellent sense of mood and atmosphere. I think the film had the potential to be stretched into a full length-feature film (which they did, so now I have to check it out). There’s not really a whole lot more to add. While it’s not one of the greatest and most original shorts ever made, it has charm and appeal, far more than you would expect for a film as dark as this.

Rating: 4/5

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