(This is The Selfish Ones short film review, which is a short film about death and regrets that was released on Vimeo)
Death comes to all living beings, and is also the only two things that are shared equally, the other being birth. And with death often comes regrets, which then becomes the theme of The Selfish Ones as it explores it in a more intimate manner.
It is directed by Dharius Zulkefli,and produced with Robert Mosca and Eric Grisanti, while it features lesser well-known actors such as William Jousset, Shane Allen and Jessica Mendez Siqueiros. Music is composed by Dead Island Records. Now, without further ado, let’s jump into The Selfish Ones short film review below!
When a brother attends his own brother’s wake, the truths start spilling out together with regrets. What could they be?
The Selfish Ones Short Film Review
The story happens during the wake, where I feel that it beautifully captures the mood and atmosphere around the living brother, Charlie. I like the way they bring out the physical imagination form for his brother, Nicky, and their interactions become the main point of the film.
Many of the truths and information are released subtly from each dialogue, and this is where the film becomes an enjoyable watch
Many of the truths and information are released subtly from each dialogue, and this is where the film becomes an enjoyable watch, as the film keeps progressing instead of relying on tragic dramatic sad scene for the emotional impact. In fact, this film does not contain much exaggerated scenes at all except till the end.
I will say the plot is similar to this short film, where the main character talks to the dead character in his head, and the film moves along with their conversation as the truth is slowly revealed. Then, the big climax near the end is also pretty good, when we realise what might be the true reason behind his brother’s death.
All in all, the premise is pretty enjoyable and things just flow smoothly.
Pacing is excellent, as the film really lets you to be immersed in its atmosphere, and you don’t feel like things are rushed or slowed unnecessarily. The introduction of new character down the line, and also the interesting and informative conversations between the brothers and the woman, will keep you interested till the end.
The actors’ performances are the big star in this short film. I have to praised the acting of the main leads with their natural flowing conversation, as well as the emotion induced from their own expressions and body languages. They seem to be quite talented, and many of the lines are delivered without sounding cheesy or cringed.
many of the lines are delivered without sounding cheesy or cringed
I like how the two brothers have a sort of heart-to-heart talk that can be very relatable. Their characters do look like real brotherhood, albeit in a slightly different form. Then when the woman, who seems to be lover to both the brothers appear, I can see the anger as well as annoyance from Charlie, and it just seems so natural.
Of course, when the truth is revealed, and we know who the selfish one actually is, we find that we start to empathise with the characters themselves. It’s a pretty common things to happen, but when in death, thing seem to come to a close regardless. You can’t help but feel for the characters’ pain and loss, and you can’t hate them for their reason for doing so.
Lastly, the final line from Nicky at the end of the film, it really hits hard to me, as it shows that even in death, he hopes for the best for his brother regardless of what he had done. And for him to focus on the present. This really give a good ending to the title of the film, where only forgiveness and love could counter selfishness.
You can’t help but feel for the characters’ pain and loss, and you can’t hate them for their reason for doing so
The soundtrack is pretty great and fits the whole film appropriately. It’s a more emotional melody that captures the mood perfectly. It is not used throughout the film, where silence permeates, and this helps with the flow and atmosphere of the wake very well. Though, the hissing noise in the middle can be a tad too loud.