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Fishing short film review


Directed by: Robbie Walsh

Written by: Robbie Walsh

Starring: Kellie Blaise, Patrick Murphy

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A man and a woman are having a conversation in a coffee shop. It becomes clear that there is more to one of them than meets the eye.

Maricruz (Blaise) is working out inside a gym. She then leaves and goes to a coffee shop. A detective (Murphy) is following her. He sits down with her at the coffee shop and they proceed to talk. Things appear innocent at first but it is later revealed that he is suspecting that she is guilty of very serious offences.

Shot in black-and-white, this short film starts as a drama and then becomes a thriller. As Maricruz is seen working out, walking outdoors and speaking to the detective, she gives the impression that she is a decent, intelligent individual. However, by the time the ending comes, the viewer's perspective of her has changed dramatically. As he questions her about missing children, she discreetly confesses that she is the one responsible.

Blaise delivers a sinister performance as a two-faced woman. Constantly grinning, she is friendly, clever, calm, seductive, manipulative and does not loose her cool. She knows what she is doing is wrong, has no regrets and knows how the world works. She is the personification of evil and steals the show. Murphy is the honest detective who suspects her, is disgusted by her actions and is determined to bring her to justice.

There is very strong language, which includes descriptions of sexual acts. The narrative explores themes that involve religion and crimes against children.

The editing makes good use of jump cuts and there is an interesting point-of-view shot from the inside of a car. Most of the conversation between Maricruz and the detective was filmed in a long take, during which the camera is stationary. There is beautiful, mesmerizing piano music adds value to the film. Unfortunately it should be pointed out that at certain points the sound is distorted.

This project is worthy of recognition. The dialogue is well written, the characters are engaging and the plot will most likely grab the audience's attention. What stands out most is Blaise's character, who she manages to present as a very sinister villain.



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