Unbearing Explores Perils of Curiosity With Crafted Suspense
Unbearing Film Details
Director: Aidan Weaver
Writer: Jennifer Trudrung
Release Date: Currently in Film Festival Circulation
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Short, Horror
Running Time: 9 min
A last-minute babysitting job reveals a dark secret.
In our continued coverage of the 2017 Women in Horror Film Festival selections, we present Unbearing. The file was the official selection at WIFF and also earned the Lizzie for Audience Choice Award.
Unbearing as part of its film festival circulation will screen at the following events;
Dragon Con Independent Film Festival
Charlotte Film Festival
Sick Chicks Film Festival
Reedy Reels Film Festival
With a running time of only nine (9) minutes Unbearing delivers enough content to entice senses. IMDb categorizes the film as a Horror. In my opinion, psychological thriller flows through the veins of Trudrung’s narrative.
The shock factor is not the selling point for Unbearing and that’s great. This film doesn’t need cheap gimmicks or elaborate scares to impose or influence a reaction. At the crux, Unbearing offers a clever mode of instilling Thriller and building suspense. How is this accomplished? Easy, it is with good storytelling and elegant character builds. The plot translates with mystery and calm.
A proper comparison for Unbearing is that of an impending storm. Viewers are well aware something wicked comes but are uncertain how and when. This calculated approach separates the film from a common terror-laced tale into something exceeding malevolence. The final minutes to Act III leaves spectators wanting more, we demand more! Audiences are prone to withdraw cinemas discussing Act III than any other section of the film.
Director Aidan Weaver used a psychological method with his craft. Unbearing differs from many Horror film, in particular, those that aim for the jugular. The scenes Weaver displays has an eerie subtlety. Weaver also directed his visual storytelling with a stationary lens. I would have preferred to see track motion used for specific scenes or a dolly zoom for the final reveal. Although cliché these approaches may have added another layer of suspense. Weaver’s workflow created an intimate communication between the observer and on-screen personalities.
I enjoyed the grade of creativity each performer offers. My sole request is the occasional close-ups to elaborate their reactions against context and dialogue. Yet, audiences will interpret the conflict just fine. Actress Mary Katherine O’Donnell portrays Lindsay, the doe-eyed babysitter with a level of plausibility. O’Donnell transmits a sense of innocence that viewers will relate with. Bad circumstances occurring to good-natured people are gut-wrenching to watch. This becomes the psychological lure Trudrung crafts with O’Donnell’s character.
The spotlight goes to actress Jennifer Trudrung. Her cold portrayal of Beth, a parent with an ominous mystery as her essence is prominent. This is a complex character I couldn’t unravel. I have several psychological profiles for Trudrung’s role. However, each interpretation may disclose too much on the final reveal. Am confident many in the audience will have as many queries as I do surrounding this character. To sum, Trudrung’s portrait is disturbing, menacing and memorable.
Unbearing possesses an innovative storyline. I wish this film short would be available for further exploration. The plot has many openings that warrant an explanation. With the nine (9) minute running time Trudrung penned a cocktail of emotions and an appetizer of a Thriller.
3. In conclusion
Unbearing has a thought-provoking address to Horror. Absent from this film are practical effects, CGI and scare factor. In place of all those components are admirable acting, a remarkable narrative, and clever visual orientation. Psychology plays a prominent role in the subtext. After viewing this film its no wonder Unbearing has amassed many awards in its film festival run.
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