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Repair - BFI Flare

average rating is 5 out of 5


Amber Jackson


Posted on:

Mar 29, 2023

Film Reviews
Repair - BFI Flare
Directed by:
Bertil Nilsson
Written by:
Bertil Nilsson
Joshua Griffin, Ed White, Anna Crichlow

Repair is a UK-based short film that portrays a neurodivergent man who faces a choice after an embarrassing moment at the supermarket. Ramin, a young man with a love of design, finds it challenging to understand non-verbal communication and this short film immerses the viewer into his experiences of wanting to learn more about body language and gestures. It is an easy and gentle watch, with plenty of inner conflict and inventive production that keeps the viewing light and engaging. Ultimately, it provides a deeply sensitive portrayal of neurodiversity and the feelings of frustration that this can cause a person.


The film itself is fantastically shot to convey protagonist Ramin’s thought processes as he interacts with the world around him. There is a very aesthetic atmosphere throughout, with plenty of still shots laid out in a very formulaic and particular way. There are plenty of details that cannot be overlooked in each of these shots, from the intense focus on the vegetables at the supermarket, to the glowing white light that occasionally shines down on Ramin. All of these deliberate decisions taken by writer and director Bertil Nilsson really place the viewer into Ramin’s world. We are given the visual sense when he is finding something difficult, as well as when he is able to express what he is passionate about. Each effect and focus works together to convey his feelings, particularly when he is overwhelmed, which attests to the tender intention of the short.


In addition to the feel of the film, there are plenty of aesthetic choices that make it pleasing to the eye. There is a subtle colour grading throughout each frame that feels nostalgic which, combined with score and costumes, make the film itself feel timeless. As Ramin interacts with supermarket employee Mark more, viewers get the sense that this story could take place at any point in time, which makes the film feel even more accessible for a wide audience. Each encounter between both men are completely wholesome as they seek to learn more about each other. In sharing their personal knowledge and their interests, they connect in a way that embraces neurodiversity in a refreshing and unique perspective.


Repair is such an intelligent and impactful short film, with the cleverness of the production extending right the way down to the end credits. It is a film that truly captures the mindset and characterisation of its main character and is a beautiful viewing experience.

About the Film Critic
Amber Jackson
Amber Jackson
LGBTQ+, Film Festival, Short Film
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