Vesper, Displays Breath-Taking Cinematography
Director: Keyvan Sheikhalishahi
Writer: Keyvan Sheikhalishahi
Release Date: March 20, 2017
Release Format: Film Festival
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Short, Mystery, Thriller
Running Time: 23 Minutes
Marge Ofenbey shuts herself away from all in a house to flee her sinister and manipulative husband. She asks her nephew Christian for help. But, Christian will soon discover the secrets hidden by Marge and Walter. What are Walter’s true intentions? Why is Marge haunted by stars?
Vesper has released in Film Festivals on March 20, 2017, in France. It has won many awards. Director Keyvan Sheikhalishahi has won Best Young Filmmaker. At 18 years old he has created an invigorating story and a vibrant production.
Vesper follows Marge. After an ill-fated past with her manipulative and controlling husband, she becomes housebound to hide from the outside world. She seeks the help of her nephew, Christian, who’s eyesight sensitive to sunlight. Together, they attempt to put an end to Walter’s dark crusade. However, there are things that Christian doesn’t know. The skeletons in Marge’s closet are about to roam free as dark secrets brought to surface.
Vesper is an intimate film in every aspect. From the story to the cinematography to the background score. Sheikhalishahi creates a story that is both dark and beautiful. Marge is a widow. It is unclear if Walter is alive, living in a separate world, if he’s deceased, but is a constant memory that lingers in the back of her mind, or if he is undead and watching over her from the stars.
This analysis speculated with the term vesper meaning the Evening Star. Talks of the stars are frequent throughout this film. Walter tells Marge that she needs to cope with her actions and stop hiding and running. She needs to end all the madness and join him and Christian in another life. This gives off the impression it is the afterlife he speaks of. A life in the stars. It is a mind-bending concept here.
Gréco Casadesus enhances this story with an alluring score. This parallel with cinematography. The two components work together to create a dreamscape vibe. The scenes of the stars show some of the most breath-taking cinematography.
Götz Otto’s made out to be an antagonist first. Upon crude claims from Marge that he is a bad man, and he’s feared. His performance is intimidating and effective. Christian takes this information and provides a security blanket for his aunt, not knowing the secrets she is hiding from him. Agnès Godey puts on a great portrayal of a woman scorned and buried deep in regret. Christian’s sensitivity to sunlight is interesting, but it’s talked about a little. It goes back to the stars but does not expand.
The story of how things are between Marge, Walter, and Christian in the Present Day is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle. Pieces are thrown around, but it’s more like shattered images that come when Marge and Walter some talks about what happened. Nothing to draw a final conclusion. One thing observed is that something bad happened. What happened is the mystery, and I think Sheikhalishahi has done this to keep the audience pondering. This is effective and successful.
1. In Conclusion
Vesper is a mind-bender. Director Keyvan Sheikhalishahi creates a psychological story equipped with a mystery of a production. The cinematography and background score is beautiful and intimate. Every component of this film executed and well-thought out.