Over, the short film from director Jorn Threlfall, begins quietly. We get static long shots of a suburban street. At 11:45 pm. Then at 7:30 pm. The first two minutes are silence, save for ambient noise, as we see a couple park their car and cross the street, where they see a letter and a bouquet of flowers near the median. They speculate that someone has died there.
The story soon becomes clear. In reverse chronological order, we get to see the reality unfold. For a time, it plays like a mystery, with clues implanted to lead viewers down the annals of possible origins for the roadside shrine.
The soundtrack is no help, either, as far away people are given far off voices. It is a purposefully frustrating caveat to the film that adds to the suspense.
Simplicity and static mark this film. We see, from varying angles, the same block over the course of 12 or so minutes. Only one shot shows the slightest bit of movement.
What this results in is a final long take that hits you over the head with the final truth in a startling way. Admittedly, the entire film is structured around this climactic final moment, abandoning narrative as a result. Context is only established as a post script.
Either way, Over is an eerily quiet crime story that unfolds slowly until the final seconds. It may not blow you away with cinematography or editing, but it still punches you in the gut when you least expect it.
As always, thanks for reading!
—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)