From creepy to a warm fuzzy feeling.
I recently watched Davide Melini's short film 'The Sweet Hand Of The White Rose" wondering how the title fit into the movie. By the end I not only got my answer, but found another gem of an Indy Film.
"Sweet Hand" starts in a bar with a little fight between Mark (lead) and his girlfriend. By the films end we are worlds away, and smiling to ourselves even though the ending is really not all that happy. Or is it? I guess that's a debate for a more qualified person. Like most short films, it's hard to review without spoiling the story. So let's move onto the technical aspects.
The story/writing of "Sweet Hand" is better than average. It takes a story we've all seen before and slightly turns it upside down to give us something fresh. The 15+ minutes that make up the short film go fast and never drag. Nicely moving from point A to point B to point C. I not only attribute this to the writing, but also the editing which seems to slip into nowhere land after the first minute or so. This is a good thing! A good edit is one we forget is there. In my opinion editors are some of the unsung heroes of film making. If you forget the edit exists the editor is doing a great job! I should also point out that there's not a lot of fancy editing going on here. Much like the cinematography itself. Straight, clean and to the point. Serving to compliment the story rather than try and repair it. Good job.
"Sweet Hand" has very few spoken lines. And the ones it has are narrations from our characters. For me this is a plus point. At times, the narration seemed very scripted. Then again, most narration seems very scripted to me. I asked myself if this story could be told without narration, and only use the standard way of delivering lines. My conclusion? I think not. This is one of those films that needs the narration to move it forward. Now, with all that said you are probably asking if I'm saying the acting is bad. No. It is not. It's really quite good. As much as I don't like the narration, I love the expressions on the actors faces as they play their roles. At times, the acting goes from simply good to really good. A big hats off to both Carlos Bahos and Natasha Machuca for looking the part! As for the girlfriend at the start (Leocricia Saban), she did a great job as well, playing the annoyed girlfriend perfectly. We just didn't see much of her!
In the end "The Sweet Hand Of The White Rose" is a great little film that almost creeps you out, then puts a little warmth back into your heart.
My score for this is a solid 3/5. Go watch this, it's free!