Directed by Ben Dodd, UK, 2008, running time: 1:34.
This single shot, Hitchcockian film, tells a tragic story in from end to beginning. We see what appears to be a vengeful romantic murder, but as time rewinds we slowly see it started with best intentions and was simply a tragic accident. The woman tried to surprise her lover on his birthday and accidentally knocks him through the glass of the shower, killing him.
This film proves that you don’t need a lot of screen time to tell a story or impact an audience. There were several things about this film that caught my attention. First and foremost, the ability to tell a full story in a single (and beautiful) shot is riveting. The camera dives, swoops, pans, tilts, and seems to have no limit to what it can do. The ability to succeed with such ambitious camera work, while ultimately playing in reverse is truly a technical feat.
The film has a definite Hitchcock feel to it, but also plays with the assumptions we associate with film noir (crime, sexual motivation, etc). The look of the film creates that film noir feel se we assume we have already solved a murder, but the twist comes at the beginning of the story. The music also adds a great dramatic element to the piece. Ultimately the film is ambitious, successful, and entertaining because there is a lot going on in a condensed space. We see traces of a great filmmaker, and unmistakable genre, brilliant camera work, and a flipping of traditional chronological storytelling.