(This is Sonderbehandlung short film review, which is a short film set during the Nazi period that was released on Vimeo)
The horror of the Holocaust that happened during the Nazi Germany period will always be the setting for many movies to come. Sonderbehandlung is one of them and it’s meaning of ‘Special Treatment’ in Germany seems to imply that it might contain some great surprise.
It is directed by David Weil, with DOP by Sergio G. Fuertes and Sound Edit by PJ Edmundson. This short film also features Christian Stamm, Udo Weil and Marina Durán. Now, let’s get into the Sonderbehandlung short film review real quick!
When a Nazi Captain is dining in a hall and meets a beautiful South French lady with an inappropriate accent, he has to do something. But what exactly will he do?
Sonderbehandlung Short Film Review
The story is a very simple one where we are introduced to just 3 characters. I like the fact that the introduction is set similar to Inglorious Basterds for some of the scenes, where dialogues are pretty heavy, and yet it is still entertaining. The film takes its time to set the atmosphere and then end right at the climax.
The buildup of the film is done pretty subtly, and thus the impact is pretty powerful, and it ends on the right note. With that said, the plot become fairly obvious afterwards, and also a bit predictable by the first half. Regardless, story wise it may not be original, but it is still expertly executed that it remains entertaining.
The film takes its time to set the atmosphere and then end right at the climax
Pacing is excellent with the film takes its time to set the atmosphere and mood of the Nazi dining. Then it also takes its time to display interactions between the characters and then ending it with a bang!
It really looks almost Hollywood-ish, with the colour grading look top notch and seemingly high-budget production
Visual wise, it really looks almost Hollywood-ish, with the colour grading look top notch and seemingly high-budget production. The lighting is also great and the props set up looking very high quality. The only thing that grips me is some of the scenes have lesser sharp focus than I like.
Their dialogues seemingly seem scripted
The characters themselves act pretty natural with dialogues leaning towards the more poetic side. Their dialogues seemingly seem scripted, so I feel its a bit fake. However, the presentation of the dialogue is not, thus I can still enjoy the whole film despite the seemingly unnatural lines. Though to be fair, perhaps its due to the English subtitle, so I will not criticise it as I don’t know German well.
The interactions them are actually pretty decent, though of course some of them are more exaggerated. But this much is fine as it makes things more interesting. I really get the feel from Inglorious Basterds in the last few scenes, especially with how the actors deliver their lines.
The characters themselves act pretty natural with dialogues leaning towards the more poetic side
The sound edit is excellent and really help to elevate the scenes quality. As for the soundtrack, it only appears at the end, but still it fits the mood and atmosphere of the story.