Angie struggles with her surfacing grief from the ultimate tragedy that happened to her 40 years ago.
Written By: Al Germani
Directed By: Al Germani
Depending on how you view it, "Ghosts Of A Long Ago Drawer" could be viewed as a simple montage or even a music video. One act that circles the adult life of a woman, scraped down to an eight minute video. What was Al Germani's short film to me? A life of choices. Choices, mistakes, tragedy and depression. Pieced together in what at first seems almost hap-hazard, but that impression quickly changes. Although a totally stylized piece, "Ghosts Of A Long Ago Drawer" does contain an interesting if not very sad narrative, and that story is fully engrossing. I continued watching as the credits rolled, half expecting a bonus scene at the very end. I didn't get one, and that made this short all the more haunting.
It's very hard to write on the technicalities of this short. Mainly because of the way it's edited together. Like I wrote above, it plays like a music video or montage. Fading transitions, strange cuts and movements all factor into a unique narrative. I can make a observation about the audio though. Through out the film, audio clips are inserted that are... to be honest wayyy to loud. Ever open one of those E-Mails that make you concentrate on something and then... BAM! A screamer! That's almost how "Ghosts Of A Long Ago Drawer" felt at times. Very disorienting. I kept wondering if that was the director's intention? Put simply though, it actually brings down the sad atmosphere the film seems to be working so hard to create. Audio issues aside though, "Ghosts" views like any other montage you'll come across except that this one, as I wrote above, actually sticks with you long after it's over.
This is an art piece. No doubt about it. There is something here though, something that you are left with after the film is over. Would I recommend "Ghost Of A Long Ago Drawer" to a friend? Yes. Yes I would. There's always something horribly engaging about a tragic or sad tale. This one is no different and clocking in just under 8 minutes... what have you got to loose?
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