Bernard Kordieh, Sheila Nortley
Under different circumstances this could have been a great romantic love story. I'm not writing about this film at the moment, rather the courtship phase for this couple in particular. It could have been the perfect how I met your mother story for children or grandchildren. The story, of course, would start with the words love at first sight. Could have. "Sometimes I Feel" however, is not that story. Again, it could have been - both in terms of script and visuals. Bernard Kordieh had different ideas however. Something with the sinister familiarity far too many people can relate with - or at least know someone else that could. "Sometimes I Feel" may pretend to be a love story of sorts at first, but as in real life, love and hate occupy a very thin line.
This flick follows along with Shereen. A beautiful artist not looking to meet Mr Right. That is, until Micheal steps into her life. Confident, attractive and successful - a great catch by most peoples standards. As Micheal chips away at Shereen's emotions, and finally gets through her defenses, you would think this story would conclude. The two are now together right? A couple - what more can be said? Except... as I wrote above, this is not a love story. It's after the courtship where "Sometimes I Feel" shows it's true colors - as does Micheal. The heart of this film relates to how Shereen deals with abuse. I won't go into details but to be blunt? This is a disturbing movie. As it was meant to be. It's also hard to pull your eyes away and in my case? I was left hollowed out. Near speechless. When writing about a movie - could there be a bigger compliment? I think not.
"Sometimes I Feel" is not presented in a linear way - but in case you're wondering? It's not confusing at all. As a matter of fact? The story is actually enhanced, and all the better using this technique. I don't get to write that - all too often. There are plenty of times a story can be done well, not following the point A to B format, but does it actually enhance it? Again - not often. You may think "Sometimes I Feel" is a love story, all the way until the third act, because of this technique - and everything seems to flow so well. Yet clues are scattered around the film hinting things are not as they seem, and you'll really remember them after the fact. At least I did. Kordieh's production is a perfect example of how, and when to do something without it being a gimmick.
As for the actual technicalities of this film? Honestly? Thumbs up to the production and post production team. This film is visual candy through and through. The use of lighting to create a mood, and the use of angles to reinforce it. Does it hurt that the acting is also top notch? Not one little bit. "Sometimes I Feel" may be a short film - but it feels so much bigger. I have absolutely no complaints. For once.
Featuring the emergence of a persons true colors, from the honeymoon period to the bitter end, is not an easy task. Especially for a short film. Reminding people that even a monster can be lovable at times is even harder. Emotions are tough. How we release them into the world is what makes us who we are. Good or bad, a man or a monster. Other than that - what else is there to write about such a good short film - without giving away the entire story? Not a lot. I could have just written that I highly recommend this movie - and that it did what I'm sure it was intended. Actually... I just did write that. "Sometimes I Feel" was much more than I thought it would be - and I'm guessing I won't be alone thinking that. A solid four and a half stars. No question about that.