This week I talked for a bit about Tune for Two, a masterpiece of short filmmaking. FilmCritHulk talks about how the greatest virtue of the short is economy, conveying your observation with as much directness (not bluntness – films always require elegance no matter their length) as possible, and by that measure Tune for Two is a total success. With one location, one scenario and no speech, two men act out a truth as harrowing to the soul as any conveyed by a full-length tragedy. This is a film made deftly. The empty monochrome environs birth a chill, clear atmosphere fit for bleak honesty. The sound design refrains from emphasising the feelings of the men, sensibly deciding that an unadorned truth is more convincing, but a ringing at the beginning and a hollowness in the ending song perfectly set up and perpetuate the dislocation brought by the truth. The desperation and hesitation of the men is genuine. Tune for Two makes a point more developed than many a feature’s observation, and does so in less than 3 minutes. I cannot stress enough how great an achievement that is. Watch it.
Tune for Two was mentioned as part of a Favourite’s Favourites talking about the odd gems we like to show our friends, the centrepiece of a Reel Talk PACKED with varied film discussion. From Bubba Ho Tep to Old Joy, from Freerunner (a Danny Dyer movie of truly special shittiness) to Yeelen (a movie about a magician in 13th century Mali – which I need to see ASAP), from Nymphomaniac to Raising Arizona, Reel Talk brings you a film review smorgasbord. Dig in at the link below, or subscribe on iTunes!