Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes
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A disheveled and bespectacled guy is working alone in an artist’s studio…or perhaps it is a warehouse? He appears to be painting a canvas…or is it a wall? A hot chick with a to-die-for Dixie accent comes in and speaks to him in a teasingly flirtatious manner…or is she goading him about a dark secret? He is not happy to have her around, but somehow he is not too eager to chase her away. And when she tells him, “That was a real clean kill, David…it was almost pretty” – well, then there are some significant WTF vibes going on that require explanation.
To say more about Justin Duval’s “Cross Lines” would spoil the fun of this enigmatic experimental short, where carefully dropped verbal clues and subtle shifts of body and eyes can turn seemingly elliptical phrases into something fairly unsettling. Alex Reeves’ inventive screenplay is wonderfully brought alive by Faye Kingslee as the mysterious hottie and Russ Russo as the subject of her mischievously malicious focus. Jeffrey Peters’ cinematography sets the perfect mood for this off-kilter but on-target mind game.
“Cross Lines” is also part of an ambitious Los Angeles-based collaborative effort called Short Film Weekends, where creative artists come together to spend their Saturdays and Sundays in pursuit of the short subject. This is the latest of their endeavors, and it appears the group is on the right track in the creation of genuinely original cinematic gems.
Posted on September 28, 2010 in Reviews by Phil Hall
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