(This is Solitude short film review, which is a 2019 short film based on revenge that was released in Vimeo)
Solitude is a short film that aims to explore the different variation of loneliness that some of us face today. No longer are we feeling lonely from not connecting with others; rather we are lonely because we over-connected. And this film wants to do it in a more artistic abstract way.
This was released just 2 day ago in Vimeo. It was directed by Nikolas Meyberg, and produced by Max Huber, who also owns the Équipe Production Company that produces this short film. As for DoP, it is Gideon Merz, and the starred actresses are Vanessa Prinz, Inés Hirsch and Patrick Schüle.
One thing that is unique about this short film is the amount of sponsors supporters it received. Some of these are big name brands such as ARRI, DJI and RED. But we are not here to look at the technical stuff, but on how great the short film is. Without further ado, let’s get into the Solitude short film review below!
The premise is basically about an abstract tale of how our current generation lives in the life of social medias. It does not have a fixed storyline, but is showing the bad effects those apps have on our mind and lives.
Solitude Short Film Review
Premise wise, there’s not really much to say. Things are too abstract in someways. But I will try my best to rate it. Basically, it’s a physical representation of ourselves trying to wake up to reality. The short film tries to let us connect with the sleeping woman who just wakes up in the middle of the forest. Together with some voiceovers, we are slowly told what the scenes meant and how we could relate to this subtly.
But as a premise, it’s abstractness is its biggest strength, but is also its biggest weakness.
It’s not a bad subtle premise of someone waking up to confront the reality while being bound by the social media aspect. But as a premise, it’s abstractness is its biggest strength, but is also its biggest weakness. People would get easily confused if they do not hear the narration well or read the description box. Just to be fair, this work is probably meant to be more of a visual flair approach. Which they do really well for the latter.
Pacing is fast as we are shown the woman waking up and with more imageries of chains(bounded) and other characters(woman in black veil) etc. Unlike other visual abstract short films, Solitude does not take its time in introducing us to the world or the characters. And for this, I am glad to say that it works in its favour. Sometimes, taking things too slow will just bore people out before they are able to catch on to the moral message.
Cinematography-wise, this short film kills it. The imagery and some of the scenes are shot splendidly. They are a visual feast to the eyes. The lighting of the forest, the movement of the camera and some other transitions give powerful impact at each important moment. Coupled this with the appropriate soundtrack and you will be sucked in till the end of the film. I also like the cold overall colour and atmosphere, indicating the lack of warmth in loneliness itself.
There are only 2 visible characters that are shown. One is a woman in white dress, and the other is a woman in black veil. Just to be fair, as this is a visual abstract film, none of the characters have any character growth or any kind of development at all. But as a representation, it seems the white one is the real ‘us’ who has always been asleep when we are connecting to the social media.
This is our real self which do not surface when we try to chase life pleasures. While the black veiled woman is the other way round. She is us who is bounded by the chain to the material pleasure of the world, who tries to escape but can’t and is always suffering internally.
That is, until the white dressed woman appears to lift off the black veil and both of them sleep again. I am quite curious about them as the voiceover does say the line that ‘Are you still alive?’. Would that mean that some of us escape too late before we are succumbed to loneliness that resulted from the over-connectedness? Or perhaps we are left tired and just need a little rest before we can return back to our normal life?
Whichever it is, these two characters does help to give a different interpretational endings for us to form it ourselves.
The soundtrack and the narration are perfect. They help to bring out some needed factors that draw us into the film. It makes things more mysterious, tense as well as partnering up with the awesome visuals for more memorable impact. At first things seem empty, and then slowly getting more complicated and fast-paced as the story proceeds in its fast flow.