Short Film Mondays – Epilog by Tom Tykwer

Unfortunately Short Film Mondays hasn’t run for the past two weeks due to problems at my end, but I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally got it back on track, and it should now resume running each week. This time I’ll be taking a look at the film Epilog:

There’s spoilers from here on in:

There are quite a few elements that I really like about this short; the opening scene that lasts up to the male’s flashback is pretty great – the way it just plunges into this conflict and doesn’t give you any handles by which you can get a grasp on what’s going on. It certainly manages to attract attention, and even though I think the rest of the film, particularly its dialogue, is quite weak, I still find the central idea that’s being explored fairly interesting.

My biggest criticism would be, that for most of the film we think that we know where it is going, what the end result is going to be. Couple that with a slightly too long telephone call, and it all just begins to drag at my interest level a little. To an extent though it holds me there with the freely moving objects, and then once I know the twist at the end everything is altered anyway, but on first viewing I feel that the middle section of the film is a little lacking. Still though, the moving objects are very interesting – they give us a warning that the film is false, that objects can shift position.  And what exactly is the purpose of the film and its shifting objects? Is it an investigation on the weakness of memory? Or the personal alterations that an individual inevitably makes when retelling an event? Or is it more focused on investigating film, and the nature of flashbacks? I don’t think that it should really be summed up with one simple answer, but these questions that are raised by the film are interesting, and manage to raise the film above just being a portfolio of interesting camera tricks. It’s far from perfect, but I still found it to be an interesting short film.

Thanks for reading, type out any thoughts below!

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4 comments

  1. A very interesting short. Love the twist at the end, very reminiscent of the film that put Tykwer on the map. At first I wasn’t crazy about the moving elements. I was wondering what was the point but after that ending, I guess Tykwer wanted to make a statement about the fickle, ephemeral nature of memory. I didn’t think the phone call was too long, though, and the short managed to hold my attention. Sometimes the actors overacted (her) or underacted (him) but they were fairly solid. Some camera movements and cuts dated the film, I must say.

    1. Yeah the acting was generally good – I felt that they did a good job with what they were given, but the film lacked a really good script in my opinion, which is a shame.
      You’re right about the camera movement, and yet I did still enjoy it’s techniques. They were pretty effective, even whilst being dated.
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Tom Tykwer is cool, yeah.

    1. He certainly is. Have you seen Perfume? I keep on meaning too but somehow never quite get around to it. Anyway, I’ve heard that Ben Whishaw is really great in that one.

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