Andrew H. Enriquez
Andrew H. Enriguez
Erik has a problem that he seems unable to deal with by himself. Depression. It's not an uncommon problem and is, indeed, a hard thing to deal with yourself. If not damn near impossible. Luckily, Erik has some close friends who decide a vacation to the dreamy countryside may be the perfect prescription - and reflective it is. Beautiful views, a nice fog that rolls in during the wee hours, and an abundance of calming country atmosphere. However, Erik's depression has taken root as he broods away his healing time. Much to his friend's dismay.
As "Sang Freud" progresses, we learn very little about the cause of Erik's depression. Little hints here and there and even some biblical references. It's only during the final scenes we really find out what's going on. Even then, when Andrew H. Enriques's short film starts making some real headway, a bomb is dropped, and the movie ends. Just like that. It was almost as if "Sang Freud" was the first act of a larger film - a taste of what was to come.
And that, reader, is my biggest issue with this short film—the fact it felt unfinished. Truth be told? I didn't really understand a lot of what was going on until the very end - until that last line of dialog. And then it was over as if I was meant to understand the whole film from hearing a few words at the end, and even then, those words were quite ambiguous. Was Erik being literal? By proxy? Accidental? As I wrote above, right when I thought I was seeing where the filmmaker was going, things just ended in a way that raised even more questions. So I suppose the heart of my review is this: "Sang Freud" feels like half a film - with the most important half left out.
At the end of the day, "Sang Freud" has a lot to offer. Some good dialog and acting, some interesting parallels pointed out, and even a few excellent transitions, such as one, in particular, involving a yo-yo. The background atmosphere and location are perfect, and some interesting topics are discussed. But for me, there's just too much left unsaid and no real payoff or end. Still, an interesting study of sorts that I believe easily earns a respectable two and a half stars.