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Familiar

Canada 2011
produced by
Zach Green, Richard Powell (executive) for Fatal Pictures
directed by Richard Powell
starring Robert Nolan, Astrida Auza, Cathryn Hostick
written by Richard Powell, music by Bernie Greenspoon, special effects by The Butcher Shop, special makeup effects by Carlos Henriques, animatronics by Steven Dawley, cinematography by Michael Jari Davidson

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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John Dodds (Robert Nolan) lives the perfect life: He has a good job, a nice house, a new car, a wife (Astrida Auza) who loves him, a teenaged daughter (Cathryn Hostick) who ... well, at least she doesn't hate him (hey, she's a teenager, that's the best one can expect) - and he's sick of it all!

Not long, he ponders, then his daughter is 18 years old, will move out and go to college ... and then it's time for him to skip town, too, to just drive away and never look back, never again spare a single thought for the wife he has grown to detest, the life he just can't take anymore.

... and then the wife tells him she's pregnant again. Great! That would delay his plans to get away for a mere other 18 years. He can't wait that long anymore - so he looks for some pills that would kill the fetus inside the wife, mixes them in with the wife's food ... and bingo!

However, the little voice that told him to abort the wife's baby now tells him to get rid of the wife as well. And hey, it would be perfect, she's depressed because of losing the baby (and who wouldn't be?), she is taking antidepressants and all sorts of shit to somehow live through these hard times, so if she should somehow take an overdose, who would rule it anything other than suicide, right?

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An enjoyable and enjoyably weird short based onm a very well-written script that puts all of its plottwists and surprises at exactly the right places and doesn't scare away from absurdities. Add to that a subtle directorial effort that goes for nuances rather than spectacle, and a suitably creepy performance by the dependable Robert Nolan, and you've got one very fine little excursion into the weird.

Recommended!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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