Short Film Mondays – Sniffer by Bobbie Peers

This week I’ll be taking a look at the rather odd film, Sniffer:

Beware of spoilers from here onwards:

I’m not really a fan of this short, to me it feels unnecessarily odd, as if the people involved realised the simplicity of their idea and rather than working to make that engaging, they went the other way and tried to compensate with strangeness and an unusual vision. That’s not to say that I don’t think that elements of the film were well done; the opening of the man rising up to his ceiling is a pretty good way of introducing his desire for, and eventual means of escape. And it’s not the fact that the driving idea behind the film is quite simplistic, in fact I generally prefer the simpler the better when it comes to shorts, it’s just that this one feels contrived and strangely false by not tackling the protagonist’s desire more directly.

I would really welcome people who tackle me on this as I suspect that several people may disagree with me, and I think that I can see why. It’s generally pretty well made, with a couple of nicely worked in plants such as the feathers, and again the bed floating scene. It’s very effective at conjuring up a monotonous atmosphere, and yet manages to keep the audience reasonably entertained. But as you now know, it just felt rather lacking for me.

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts below!

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4 comments

  1. “I’m not really a fan of this short, to me it feels unnecessarily odd, as if the people involved realised the simplicity of their idea and rather than working to make that engaging, they went the other way and tried to compensate with strangeness and an unusual vision.” Spot on.

    I think the visuals were the best part but it was all very unnecessarily complicated.

  2. Cheers man, I’m glad that you agree. The opening suggested some real potential, it really intrigued me. It’s a shame that it didn’t really take that in a more interesting direction.

  3. how did the prptagonist felt that he should the life of a bird? If was a social reformer then why he left the world..? he again made the he could not make the people aware of their rights..He does not know why he saved birds life actually

    1. I don’t think he was so much a social reformer as much as he was an individual trying to find personal freedom. As the opening demonstrates, he clearly already desires escape via flight so he naturally has a connection with the bird, that may well be why he saves it?

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