After being sent away to live with his uncle after a family tragedy, nine year old Aiden must adjust to life, loss and moving on.
Written By: Manisha Anand
Directed By: Nihal Anand
In all of the dozens or maybe hundreds of Indie Films I've watched over the years it's not that often I have the pleasure of giving a perfect score. Usually, if I feel inclined to hand out a 5 star rating I'll begin looking for flaws to lower that coveted 5/5. Was The Domestic Life Of Mollusks any different? Did I try to figure out a way to drop the perfect rating to a still stellar 4 or 4.5? Yes. Yes I did. I looked and looked hard. The simple fact is that even with a super critical eye I found this film flawless and I'm quite thankful for my chance to have had a look at this great short.
Starting off let me say that this short film is beautiful to look at. The camerawork featured here is top notch in every respect. From the simple, static shot to the complex panning visuals featured, there was an attention to detail that must have bordered on obsessive. Cinematographer Vince Knight really outdid himself here. The payoff is as I wrote above? A visually beautiful production that screams anything but Independent. I would visually pit The Domestic Life Of Mollusks against a large studio production any day- and bet for a win.
The other aspect of this short that makes it shine is the acting. Like many Indie productions the cast is kept small which not only helps the production itself... but also helps get the right talent for the job. I'm not sure if it was by design, luck or both but the characters here were played flawlessly. Neil James completely owns his role, you find yourself forgetting you're watching an actor playing a part! What's even more amazing is Aiden's character (Played by Elliot Day) who totally steals your heart as you watch him change throughout the film. Both performances were amazing! Combined they added such believability you'll sometimes think you're watching from a hidden camera! Excellent job!
I suppose I'll finish up this review by saying the editing was slick and perfect, as was the audio. I was especially happy with the audio. It completely drove this production to Studio standards. I wish more Indie productions would pay half as much attention when doing sound. The Domestic Life Of Mollusks is a nicely written, well paced and visually awesome short flick. What's the best part? The best part, dear reader, is that this one is available to watch for free. Links are on the left side... use them.
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