Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hello World :)



Today's short film is called Hello World :)

Yep, with the emoji. 

This short film was made in France, by students apparently. Rafael Mathe and Etienne Larraguetta directed it, and Etienne Larraguetta and Arnaud de Cazes wrote it. This is their first short film. Now, the fact that this is both French, and that it was made by students, well... that can go either way, good or bad, in my experience. French short films often have other priorities than a coherent story, and student short films often have a lot in common with student drivers, skittish and wild, and barely in control. Sometimes. Often. Occasionally.

I've also seen a few articles describe this movie as a "Hacker film". In France, Cyberpunk isn't completely dead yet, apparently. The title actually refers to a program of the same name called Hello, World! See? Computer shit. Bleeding Edge. Hack the Planet!


Anyway, here's the synopsis: In a close future, a private company developed a technology aimed at boosting our brain capacity. But it requires from its clients to store their memory data on one single server. In this highly controlled world, a young woman has the power to change things. 

That's a pretty vague synopsis, but I'm going to blame the language barrier.

Let's watch...



Well, that felt very... French. It looked really French too.

Honestly, I'm surprised there was no parkour.

I kid, I kid... that was actually better than I thought. Not great, but not bad either. The surveillance leaping from person to person was a nice effect. Especially when the authorities were hunting for the Mustang. That was clever. The ending was pretty rushed though, because the film was pretty uneven. The pacing, the narrative... they spent a lot of time in the front half moving pieces around and setting things up and talking and posing and talking and posing and smoking cigarettes in that very French way, and as a result, I'm not really sure what happened at the end. How did the catatonic old guy suddenly became not catatonic, and was then able to upload his program? And it's a program that does what exactly? Frees everyone? Why? How were they oppressed? It was nice looking and well put together, but the story was too flawed to be able to blame it on a language/cultural barrier. I guess that's student films... never really fully in control.

After the last couple of films, the flaws in this one are probably more apparent than it would be on it own, but for a first time try, not too bad.

C'est la vie,
Jon

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