“The Place We Go to Hide” (2014)

This short film’s idea of two sleepwalkers falling in love in their dreams, while not being aware of each other’s existence in the real world, is such a novel and majestic concept, almost like something straight out of a fairy tale. And this short film mostly takes advantage of it. The film makes great use of imagery to tell the story visually; most striking is the intelligent decision to portray the dream world as being bright, colorful and vibrant, but the real world to be dull and grey. And film absolutely nails that almost nonsensical, and otherworldly feel that dreams often have. And the two main leads have wonderful chemistry. The main issue I had, is that I wish the film’s plot had been more developed. Instead of just showing us one dream like the film does, it could’ve shown the audience the multiple times this has happened to them, in order to make the contrast between their dull monotonous routine, and their vivacious dreams much clearer. I wanted more. I wanted more of them. I wanted more creative imagery. But at the end of the day, that’s not a bad complaint to have at all. This is a really good, and almost magical little short from writer/director Zawe Ashton. She hasn’t directed anything else since, and it’s been 5 years. Hopefully she gets the opportunity to direct something new, because this short film makes it clear that she has talent.

Rating: 3.5/5

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