In this short film a friend is sent a strange text message by his friend which simply reads ‘Find Me’. Moments later his friend’s panicked girlfriend calls to say that he has disappeared after a row broke out between the two of them. Initially it seems that he just has gone off to take a break for a day or so, but as the days roll by he isn’t showing and our lead can’t help but wonder why he asked him to find him via text.
I have to give the film credit for its really interesting set up and how it takes a slightly off beat to the story it eventually tells. Unlike in Rzayev’s previous short Aftermath, where I felt he tried to cram too much story into not enough minutes¹, this time he lets his story breathe. The pacing allows for characters to develop and events to develop naturally and the story it chooses to weave its web with the precision that he Rzayev was lacking in the past. There are questionable narrative beats which stick out such as the characters never once seeming to think to call the police for help, but within the film’s individual world everything feels controlled and self contained.
There are a few technical issues here and there such as a few awkward shots and an incorrectly balanced sound mix but these, whilst being highly important factors, are faults which can be remedied in Rzayev’s future works. What’s most important to note is that he has an eye for approaching a story in an interesting way which is rooted in emotion and character. He stumbles a little but at its core this is a classic story that’s been given a fresh approach and an emotional core to really root for.
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