Since time began, God has employed Saints to help manage the overwhelming task of keeping the mortal world in order. But today
is their last day of work as God has fired every Saint.
Written By: Gaëlle Mourre
Directed By: Gaëlle Mourre
One of the things I love about reviewing Independent Film is coming across a production that simply doesn't have any Indie staples attached to it. Nothing pleases me more than watching something and realizing, I could be watching this piece in a theater or on Cable TV and never suspect a low/no budget production lies before me. Case in point? Gaëlle Mourre's short film Awakening. I can honestly say I enjoyed it from bookend to bookend... so to speak. The idea behind this gem, is original enough to spark curiosity and completely delivers! I was easily pulled into a world moving on and changing as I spectated from the comfort of my living room.
The location used for Awakening completely captures the vibe I would associate by simply reading the description. Perfectly. Beautiful camerawork and colors, some humorous but believable props ( Saint Margaret's Telephone ) and even the plaques of achievement mounted on the walls all contributed to making this world completely real. Adding to the golden fire already lit is the comedic happenings going on all around. Nothing is more funny than calling "God " and being put in queue by an answering machine. Totally loved that!
It's not all fun and games though as the underlying content could be considered quite deep for anyone wishing to think to much into it. Could this happen? Has it happened? And lastly... does the Devil really feel the need to push a broom around? Ha ha.
The lead role is taken by Tracy Wiles and one hell of a job she does do. Her strong performance as Saint Margaret really pushed this short into the pro territory that everything else seems to have. Add to that an excellent job by all the supporting cast and I can say this film would have been a winner even without all the bells and whistles.
The camerawork is fitting and nearly flawless and the editing is sharp, slick and top notch. I can't even think of any spot in this film that I thought looked off in some way. Great care was also put into the audio which is another elevating factor which makes Awakening a great short film.
Overall and in the end ( Pun Intended ) Gaëlle Mourre simply has a nice piece of work here. A great story, well written and acted in an amazing manner. A great set and some excellent post production help. There really is nothing here not to like. Awakening continues to blur the line between Independent and Hollywood and I'm quite honored to have been one of the first to review this great film. In my humble opinion Awakening has earned their rating easily and I look forward to any future work Gaëlle Mourre puts forth.
Big Bad Billy
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