Sometimes it's very easy for that "lost in translation" element to creep up in a sub-titled film. It's not just about the odd wording that graces our screens from time to time, a lot of confusion can simply come from cultural differences, nation to nation. I'll be equally honest and write that "Dissection Of A Chronic Burn" from writer Tahere Tajalli does suffer a a few oddly transcribed lines and iffy sentences. However, it's nowhere near enough to not understand the jist of the story being told. The story itself? Strange but oddly compelling. Assuming of course I did, in fact, completely understand what was happening onscreen. I think I did. The visuals combined with everything else made sure of that... I think. Seyed Ali Mosaddad has directed a film that has some truly scary moments. Not blood and gore scary, rather the foreboding atmosphere and visual style. The audio also manages create this feeling of dread, through the use of whispers and sounds of that nature. I found this to be a ghost-like adventure in presentation, minus the ghosts themselves. Our leading lady, a gynecologist that I'm pretty sure is only referred to as doctor, gets some bad news involving a former love that triggers memories and regrets regarding her life choices. As these "memories" occur she begins to have a break-down of sorts, allowing the scarier "horror" elements to creep into this production. At least, that's what I got from this short film. To each his own - and you may get something totally different. That's the magic of movies! A story such as this could have been presented numerous ways. From the straight laced drama so many of us love to watch, to even this horror(ish) film, that seems to be more inline with Seyed Ali Mosaddad vision for us viewers. I'll admit that some of the darker aspects of this title really were freaky. From a laughing patient on the operating table, to quakes and visions/dreams that felt as abstract as they were eerie. It all worked for me. For an indie film "Dissection Of A Chronic Burn" was a pleasure to watch... even though I find the title a little awkward. The technicalities of this production were more or less on par with an upper class low budget film. Nothing amazing to make it stand out, yet nothing dreadfully indie to make it "look" independent. Surprisingly, mixed in with the standard fare were some really cool - and seemingly higher budget - elements. A bird flying and perching beside our leading lady, and some excellent establishing and ending shots. These, and a few excellent outdoor locations, added some real value to this short film making it's easy to forget you're watching a low budget indie. The acting itself? This is really hard for me to judge since this is a sub-titled movie, so I'll just skip my normal commentary on the cast. Things felt right, expression-wise... if that helps at all. I did notice a slight drag in the film. A four to five minute cut to it's length would have been great. All those first-person establishing shots moving around the hospital or various rooms and hallways could easily have been removed. That would have increased the tension ten times yet still left enough to showcase the cool locations. However, this wasn't a major issue considering the good and creepy parts were all presented in an excellent way. At the end of the day, this was a short film I was glad to have seen. It's not often I get a change to comment on a sub-titled film... even more rare when that film is actually good. "Dissection Of A Chronic Burn" is just eerie enough to be enjoyable, and Tahere Tajalli manages to pen a story that fits the onscreen action, and makes sense in it's own creepy way. Excellent job to the cast and crew. This film easily earns every point I sent it's way. In my humble opinion? A solid 3 out of 5 stars.