Through close up details of hands, we follow the life of a single young man as he works, pursues relationships, and comes to terms with a life changing event.
2014 | 5 - 10 | Canada | Drama | Experimental | Human Nature | Live-Action
Cutaway is a very simple short build on “visual deprivation”. We follow a man working hard, doing his best to support a pregnant woman, entertaining himself with videopoker and alcohol. But there is no spoken dialogue, no bodies, no faces on which a spectator can put his eys on and empathize with the protagonist. We only see his hands while he gets through different phases facing the ineffable beauty and sadness of existence. An intelligent gimmick that makes this story emotional, gripping and easy to relate with, in only 6 minute. The hand wound itself serves as leading allegory of the whole story, while grating a circular end.
It’s a little and effetive exercise of style, dedicated to the director’s father, which naturalism recalls the mumblecore subgenre or Dardenne’s cinema where ordinary stories become extraordinary.
Radwanski’s now a seasoned short-film veteran with five works done, Cutaway being his latest. In 2012, he directed his first feature film Tower, which played at Locarno and Toronto International Film Festivals, as well as New Directors / New Films presented by MoMA. His latest featured film How Heavy This Hammer had its World Premiere at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.
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