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Despair

USA 2001
produced by
Mark Baranowski for On Mark Productions
directed by Mark Baranowski
starring Mark Baranowski, Ryli Morgan
written and special effects by Mark Baranowski, music by Marquis (= Mark Baranowski)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Feeling underappreciated, a depressive artist (Mark Baranowski) one day sits down in his bathtub, takes a few pills ... and kills himself.

His wife's (Ryli Morgan, Mark Baranowski's real life wife) ways to cope with her husband's death get more and more bizarre. First she watches some home movies of them doing it and starts to masturbate, then she glues one of her hubby's phadshots onto a ragdoll and has it sleep with her in her bed, only to in a fit of rage because he has left her throw the doll away, eventually she even has a strange seance ... but ultimately she sits down in the very same bathtub he found his end and slits her wrists ...

 

For a no-budget independent short, Despair is quite unusual: it's a very moody piece of film, relying on atmosphere rather than on action, and on bizarre, almost surreal setpieces rather than in-your-face effects, all accompanied by very little dialogue (off-screen monologue mostly actually) and a musical score that always hits the right chord. And somehow it really works too. One just wishes Mark Baranowski would have had a little higher budget to afford a better camera and better lighting to give the film the bit of gloss it would have deserved ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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