“Listen to Me” (2017)

This short film about a boy trying to save bullied deaf girl from committing suicide is perfectly alright. The acting is alright. The cinematography is alright. And the camera composition is alright, barring a few instances of impressive camera trickery. The film’s strongest asset is its script, with good plot progression, and an excellent twist. And one thing that helps make this short unique is that there is no spoken dialogue; instead it intelligently opts to have all the dialogue be conveyed exclusively through American Sign Language. Had the film had a little more time (and the budget) to develop the characters and the scenario, this could’ve been something truly special. As is, this is an absolutely serviceable, nice little short, that shows that writer/director Touacha Her has genuine talent.

Rating: 3.5/5

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