(This is Hope short film review, which is a Spanish psychological short film that was released on Vimeo)
Sometimes the mind plays tricks on yourself in order for you to survive the situation. And sometimes it also presents the reality as another illusion that you denied. Hope is a film that combines both of these aspects into its storytelling.
It is directed by Aleix Buch, and stars Júlia Molins, Josep Mª Alejandre, Valeria González and Veronica Robles, with DoP by Oriol Colomar. Now, let’s jump straight into the Hope short film review below to see how great it actually is!
When a girl is being interviewed about the situation of her current condition, she does not expect that things are not as what they seem. What will happen to her?
Hope Short Film Review
The story itself is full of questions, in a way that’s good and bad. The good is, of course, is that it blurs the line of reality and illusion well enough that allows for a good twist in the end of the story. Due to the way the short film switches perspective from the girl to a mysterious man, it manages to keep up the tension and mystery all the way.
It drops some vague hints of what’s going to happen, and also about the backstory through tv news and some of the questions the interviewer asks. Together with the lack of information about the mysterious man, it will grip your attention along the way.
Then, the bad thing is, the ending becomes sort of something that is ambiguous. When the man kills the girl, it leaves something of a question, is the scene a reality or still an illusion? What is the answer? Though I like it sometimes when a film ends ambiguously, I feel like this film could add more impact to it. Either through more hints, or at least shows something that points to the line of reality or illusion.
The bad thing is, the ending becomes sort of something that is ambiguous
Perhaps it’s all an illusion conducted by the man to the girl? Or the girl creating it all in order to end herself? Is the killing means an end? Or is it an escape? How are they all connected? And is hope among the reason why she is killed?
Pacing is pretty alright, though it’s taken a bit slowly in the middle. However, overall it’s good enough to keep you interested without boring you with vague scenes.
There are 2 main characters, the girl and the man. The girl herself has her backstory explained through a news, but what’s interesting is the way everything folds out.
The characters themselves become the mysteries along with the premise
Firstly, the girl shows no sign of link to the man, and neither the man to the girl. What seems to a separate character becomes connected till the end, albeit a bit sudden. The characters themselves become the mysteries along with the premise, and both play along with the idea of what fake and reality is, but still blurring the line.
I must say the acting is pretty good for the girl, as she expresses her character with splendid facial expression and body languages. Her lifeless look, and that ironic ‘hope’ that she talks about, as well as the last few scenes when she sees the man, they are just great performances.
As for the man, he is doing a decent job with the right expressions, though his role does not do much other than to look threatening.
She expresses her character with splendid facial expression and body languages
The soundtrack is that of mystery with a tint of psychological feel. It fits the theme and atmosphere of the film, and also helps in making the line blurry. In a sense, it also helps with increasing the tension and mystery of the few important scenes.