Friday, August 26, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - The Bloody Olive (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you a darkly humorous look at love and backstabbing, of double, triple, and quadruple crosses coming from everywhere that will leave head spinning with laughter. Here is a 10-minute Belgium film noir comedic short called, The Bloody Olive from filmmaker, Vincent Bal. What I find so amazing about this short is its ability to mix darkly film noir aesthetics, cliches and conventions and just exasperating them so much so that in the end the short becomes a comedy.

It's a Christmas celebration as a man and his wife sit down to have a lovely Christmas dinner. There's a ring of the doorbell and in walks a man who accuses the husband of embezzling from his company. Shorts are fired, knives are pulled out, as the three characters keeping getting killed over and over only to rise from the dead in twist after twist. This is the short M. Night Shyamalan would have made if he went crazy with his love of twists. Deeply and darkly funny, this short from Belgium will keep you guessing right up until the end. It's a set piece with only three actors, but there are so many twists and turns that in the end you're still left wondering, who's the real victim? The laughs here are hard won and of the slapstick variety, and those that both love film noirs and comedies will find a brilliantly executed marriage of the two genres.

Check this out if you're in the mood to have some dark laughs coupled with wonderful displays of mayhem and film noir violence. Seriously, the filmmakers somehow make this actually really funny. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, The Bloody Olive.

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