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Audio Reviews for Three Short Film Short Takes: Boys/Forever Now/Smashed

Boys

A friendship between two adolescent boys takes several abrupt turns one night, as the pair push boundaries and discover a new side of themselves.

Forever Now


After several years together, William and Cecilie break up. The same night, to treat the sorrow with love, they decide to do the drug MDMA together. For better or worse, this results in an emotional rollercoaster ride over a whole weekend as the two are isolated together in their apartment.

Award-winning Danish writer and director, Kristian Håskjold.

Smashed

Smashed – Sean Lahiff ‘s Smashed has already won multiple awards and stars Harrison Gilbertson (Need for Speed), Australian Academy Award nominee Toby Wallace (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) and rising star Sarah Jeavons. This unsettling thriller has been selected to screen at the prestigious Palm Springs ShortFest.

Fueled by jealousy, Dean, Ray and Paul kidnap golden boy Christian so Dean can gain the attention of Christian’s girlfriend. But the prank soon swerves out of control.

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Three Short Film Short Takes: Boys/Forever Now/Smashed
  • Acting - 7/10
    7/10
  • Cinematography - 6/10
    6/10
  • Plot/Screenplay - 7/10
    7/10
  • Setting/Theme - 8/10
    8/10
Overall
7/10
7/10

Summary

“Boys” is a provocative short film that gives us a snapshot glimpse into the lives of two friends, each youngsters just entering puberty. There is a moment in this story that will make you feel exceptionally uncomfortable. And leave you unnerved well after. But is it unnatural?

Writer/Director Eyal Resh leaves it up to us to decide.

“Forever Now” provides a brief look-in at the dissolution of a relationship between a young Dutch couple. Drugs enhance a last night together for the two. Flashbacks are interspersed into scenes of a night full of frivolity and fun. In the end we understand that in this case it’s her, not him.

She pushed this guy away, literally and figuratively.

“Smashed” is a supernatural Aussie short. You’ve likely seen the concept done before. Much like the fateful burden delivered upon these dim-witted dudes, it’s all about repetition.

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