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Come Swim – by Kristen Stewart

The fallacies of nowadays, namely the short film written and directed by Kristen Stewart, best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga

15 – 20 | 2017 | Disease | Drama | USA | Visual Poem

There are a few things that I can’t stand. I’m not talking exclusively about wars, economy, politics and so on. I’m referring to the fallacies of nowadays. Let’s take as an example. Come Swim, the short film written and directed by Kristen Stewart, who received widespread recognition for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series.

We all are really happy when someone can find his own path, but this not the case. Let’s begin from the start: Come Swim talks about a boy apparently afflicted with a serious hydrating problem. He drinks a lot, but still his skin becomes wrinkled and he can barely move. He drives to the sea, where a group of kids managed to drag him into the ocean. And that’s when Josh (Josh Kaye) wakes up and we enter in his life. He seems unhappy, single, with an unsatisfying job. Then he decides to drive to the beach and go for a dip. The end.

Oh, and we can hear unclear voices in loop during all the time. Maybe they represent the ancient restlessness of Josh’s soul.

Once the short movie was over, I needed a paraphrase. So I made a Google research and that was the moment my annoyance began. First of all, I discovered that Come Swim has been screened at the 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival, and I have the feeling that if my name was on this short movie, the answer from the selection committee would have been “Mon Dieu, non!”. Then I went on YouTube and watched an interview with Kristen Stewart, who described how happy she felt about creating something that she could call her own. Then she explained how Come Swim was nothing else but a metaphor for the mixed feeling of awkwardness people feel nowadays. I was really glad that Stewart explained that to the interviewer because I could not get that from just watching the short movie. But still…

I was talking about fallacies, so let’s talk about the director. I really wish to her to be able to do something else in the future as a director. Maybe starting from something low cost. I am not so convinced about the use of the camera, but what I know is that those special effects cost more that a bag of chips.

What really bothered me were all the comments below the video of the interview, available on YouTube. They said how Kristen was hot and stylish and how she would have become a role model for future generations (why?). The same was for the comments below Come Swim. Everyone was “so proud” of her, which is ok. But this makes me think how we should overlook our personal affection for a person and look at the whole thing. Maybe one day Stewart would write a masterpiece, but from there to Cannes should pass some time. That’s all. And no, I’m not giving importance to this kind of awards, but I love every form of art, and those moments of glam are great mirrors of our society. I’m not always happy with what they reflect.

Marta Zannoner

Marta Zannoner

Aspirante scrittrice, osservo la realtà spesso distrattamente. Per questo ricorro ai film, per prestare attenzione.

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