(This is Giddiness short film review, which is a Ukrainian short film about old romance)
Love, romance, rekindled old love has always been a mainstay in many films. Giddiness is another recent one that aims to tackle the genre in its own way. And this time it is made by a student as part his University graduation work!
It is directed by young Ukrainian director Yura Katynsky, and stars Svetlana Kosolapova,Alexander Lomko and Vladimir Nevelsky. With other crew members of Viktoriya Zhukova, Mikhail Lyubarsky, Serzh Avdeev, Vladislav Rogalevsky and Alexander Kulikov.
Without further ado, let’s delve into the Giddiness short film review below to see how it fares!
When an old promise to meet with her ex has come, a young woman has to decide whether to continue the lies that has been going on for 3 years. What will she decide?
Giddiness Short Film Review
The premise is pretty simple. A young (supposedly) married woman chooses to fulfil the promise she made to an old lover 3 years ago. She leaves her husband and child and travels to the location that they promised to meet. But she chooses to lie instead of telling the truth.
the simplicity of the film helps in letting us connect with the characters
In this sense, the premise does not contain much surprises or twists at the end. And this is perhaps where the title name, ‘Giddiness’ comes from. Would it be due to the lie that she made? That she loves both of them and can’t decide? Or is she just tired from all these promises that made her giddy metaphorically?
I also like some of the subtle scenes of her trying to take the ring on and off, and in the end just decided to change the finger location to her middle finger. We are shown some very relatable and realistic scenes that could happen to anyone. And the short film does not try to exaggerate any part of it.
Then there is also the part where she lies on and wipes her husband’s sweat, signifying her love for him, but also another part where, in the train, she sees a couple that reminds her of the old romance. Now, she is truly stuck in-between these two romances: past and present.
Overall, I feel that the simplicity of the film helps in letting us connect with the characters, and also in telling its story more reliably. Though, for some audiences that expect some big twists would, no doubt, feel disappointed. But I feel this premise fits the film very well in its portrayal.
Pacing is neither too rushed or slow. It is appropriate for the flow of the film that fits the scenes very well. I think it’s due to the fact that the film is something like a slice-of-life, thus the pacing do not need to be too tight or loose for us to enjoy it.
Visual wise, I really like the overall muted colours of the whole short film. The scenes are mostly lack of saturation, perhaps signifying the decreasing amount of love she has for him? As well as inducing the emotion of remembering childhood love. Where it’s all in the past and going back to it will not give it any form of live.
the visual itself looks very professional and doesn’t look like a film student’s work
Maybe I’m thinking too much, but the visual itself looks very professional and doesn’t look like a film student’s work. The colour grading and scene placement are almost to the level of professional indie films. Though there’s one part where the camera is twirling around the stairs where it seems to get stuck near the end, breaking the immersion for a bit.
There are 3 characters in it. We have the main character, her husband and her old flame. Among all these, the main character is the one with the most commendable performance. Her actions and subtleties in body language help to tell the story without using much dialogues.
Such complicated yet simple tale of romance
It’s her expressions, movements and interactions with the other two characters that made this film really great on its own. The acting looks natural and realistic, which I must give praise to the actress for managing all these. Also, we can see the personality and thought of each character, apart from the husband, on what they all think of romance.
From the girl, she can be seen to be indecisive, but also in helpless romance with the two men. Her love for both of them seem strong enough, where for her husband she gives birth for, and for the old flame she keeps the promise to meet up and lies to him regarding her current status.
Then the old flame mostly wants to make it permanent, for which she just smiles it away, and returns to her husband, who has been waiting for her to come back on the bed all along. Such complicated yet simple tale of romance that I’m sure many in the audience will relate. For it is part of human nature, ain’t it?
The short film does not have any orchestral or other types of soundtrack aside from the ending. Instead, it relies on foleys and ambience sounds as background. This is another point where I have to say the director hits the right note again. By doing this, he avoids making the scenes too dramatic that it disconnects the audience. And also it allows us to focus more on the characters’ environments, actions and expressions.