The idea here is to find a new short film every week; give my opinion on it and perhaps any interesting facts, and then really welcome comments, interpretations and even recommendations. Unfortunately, they often don’t get as much attention as feature films do and so I thought, and hopefully you will too, that it would be interesting to highlight a different short film every week and over time we should get to see a decent range of films. So this week I’ll be taking a look at the film Right Place by Kosai Sekine :
Spoilers are present from here on in:
First up, I really like the style of this film; the clean almost crisp quality to some of the shots looks great, and of course is actually relevant to the plot and character motivations, rather than being purely aesthetic. Right Place’s economy is also impressive; every shot is completely necessary and so little time is wasted, that even the film’s resolution barely makes it in, with it having to be told through the end credits. It’s only then that it’s confirmed to us that he finds his home at the bone setters, which also has that little payoff with the crick of the neck which is a nice touch, and again is something that I think points to the tightness of the film’s script. We are made aware of the character’s trait that will ‘save’ him in the end, and yet it doesn’t come across as forced or overly explicit.
I think that this is one of the most well constructed of the short films that I’ve seen, and don’t really have anything to criticise about it. It’s arguable that it is perhaps a little simplistic in its plot, but then isn’t that what you want out of a short film? A simple idea explored concisely? And I do think that perhaps there’s an area of society and culture that’s being investigated here, and that it would be possible to read into the film along those lines.
Overall though I’m impressed by it for the way it achieves so much in such a short amount of time; it’s got a humorous streak running through it whilst also staying sharp, stylish and entertaining. It’s one of my favourite short films.
Thanks for reading, feel free to type out any thoughts below!