A rape victim attempts to deal with
Written By: Kjell Kvanbeck
Directed By: Kjell Kyanbeck
In essence, "Fra Asken" is a sad montage of a story meant to draw an emotion from the viewer. Set to a haunting score, this dialog free short film will leave you both saddened and questioning the events just witnessed. To write that this is an artistic film would be an understatement, yet on some level a more standardized film seems to co-exist. No doubt writer / director Kjell Kyanbeck has a gift for cinema creation and I can't help but wonder what the next few years have in store. "Fra Asken" is not a perfect production however, the instances in question, like most low budget films are common independent problems; we'll get into that in this next segment.
The technicalities of "Fra Asken" are akin to many an indie production. The constant use of seemingly hand-held shots in this case do, in fact, take away from the movie. The "Blair Witch" syndrome is present and accounted for in many-a-scene here. The question becomes how come? With an actual film length of well under 11 minutes one has to wonder why these shaky shots were used at all? With a full indie feature, shaky styled shots are used to save some cash. When an indie flick is a short one, and one that makes no use of dialog why add them at all? I understand the premise. Shaky-cam equals drama or action. In this case however, it doesn't work. A simple locked off shot would have done amazing things for this short film, including the addition of the emotional status it aims to create. I hate to say it, but the use of these shots, in this particular film comes off as lazy... even if that wasn't the intent. This was not a "found footage" film" so the need to treat it as such makes the viewer question why. Other aspects of "Fra Asken" are truly great. The character portrayal of the victim was spot on! Expressions are king when it comes to acting and the lead here shines. The overall edit was a decent one, pulling everything together in a nice, polished way. As I wrote above, the haunting score utilized does an amazing job of bringing it all home and fleshing out some depth to this production.
"Fra Asken" although not a perfect film is still a good one. Well worth checking into on a lazy day or night. The story itself is sad yet interesting enough to leave you wondering if and when this has happened. If you're looking for a happy ending however, don't look here! Like true life, a shiny, smiley ending is not always the case. Yet the sadness captured on camera is the very reason the film is so endearing. Keep an eye out and follow up with a like to their Facebook page. This is 11 minutes of time well spent and Kjell Kyanbeck is one to keep an eye on.
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