Emily has a family and life she adores. After leaving her family, her husband takes her back time and again. Counselor Bertrand tries to convince her to put their feelings first, before her own.
Written By: Debra Markowitz
Directed By: Debra Markowitz
Much of what we consider human nature has evolved because of how we, as a race deal with death. It has always been my opinion, that the good of mankind goes hand in hand with our fears of simply fading from existence. What becomes of our life once we're gone? What happens to me? What if I still have things to do? These are the questions Debra Markowitz spins into her short film "Leaving", as she guides us through a scenario that, to be honest... scares the hell out of most people. This is all presented in a way that may not be totally unique, but plays in a classy and fresh way none the less. "Leaving" is nothing we haven't seen before, but we'll still eat up the content every time.
Shot composition and execution are near flawless in this production. Nothing fancy or over the top, just good old fashioned lensing done well. Although a few instances of soft photography exist, it's nothing major and feels right at home in "Leaving". A good amount of attention was given to the look, lighting and design itself. Just as good, were the performances by the leading cast members themselves. Joseph A. Halsey, Molly Ryman and Sal Redino all shine in their respective roles, reminding us how important some good talent can be to any production. Rounding things off is a decent edit and some good sound design; all of which in indie film, separate any production from the dime-a-dozen videos that seemingly pop up all over the place. "Leaving" is a slick and well written short film that I expect will be warmly welcomed by the indie film community, and most viewers as well.
Although not the completely unique and fresh title we've all been waiting for in the genre, there's enough style and charm in "Leaving" to make us glad we came along for the ride. There simply is no substitute for a well crafted story done right. The excellent performances and quality of work are the icing that pulls "Leaving" well past the average mark. Here we have an entertaining 10 minutes that if nothing else, may just briefly make you realize how fleeting life can be.
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