by Cayle Hotene
Again, Jacknow’s first foray into short film, is an inventive, promising exploration of the the phenomenon of memory, and how important a role it plays in the human existence.
We meet but two characters, a man and a woman, and they both remain nameless – their identities are so intertwined in the existence of each other titles would be futile. The man exclaims that Groundhog Day is his favourite film, which he watches on a loop, constantly. It’s a nice, meta nod to his condition, highlighting his plight in a way that initially reads as funny, but eventually revels in tragedy.
The script, by Bekah Brunstetter, is heartfelt and accomplished, great in places, with dialogue that drips with subtext and dramatic irony. It does, unfortunately, fall heavy in places, with some choices that may not stand the test of time. Still, Brunstetter imbues her characters with believable wit and warmth, and gives Jacknow the tools to make compelling viewing of a two room setting. The push-pull relationship between the two leads is handled expertly, eliciting extreme frustration at the situation and then stomach-warming sighs, all, generally, within a few seconds.
Again shines an honest light on the daily pressures and frustrations of caring for someone and the unconditional love that is required. The film and its characters request no sympathy or even acceptance, laying its cards bare faced – suggesting that caring for someone who has lost themselves arguably means sacrificing yourself, also. It’s a tale of the nature of love, the echoes of pain, and the fragility of the human mind. A lot covered for just over 10 minutes.
Dir: Alexis Jacknow
Scr: Bekah Brunstetter
Cast: Aubrey Dollar, Morrison Keddie
Prd: Stephanie Marin, Tyler Evans
DOP: Ricardo Diaz
Prod. Design: Katie Moest
Runtime: 11 minutes
Alexis Jacknow’s Short Film debut is coming to Tribeca 2017 in April.