A Reasonable Request – by Andrew Laurich
How to re-build a father-son relationship in an unconventional way.
2015 | 5 - 10 | Black Comedy | Family | Live-Action | USA
There are many ways to re-build a disrupted father-son relationship: it’s possible to do it for affection or old age, to do it for healthy resaons, but for money too. Director Andrew Laurich together with the co-screenwriter Gabriel Miller in A Reasonable Request chooses the fourth way.
The short screened at Sundance Film Festival 2016, in addition to other festivals such as SXSW, Raindance and Portland.
Laurich and Miller’s story centres around a father with a past as an alcoholic and a son in terrible need of money who meet in a bar, after having ignored each other for more than four years. Their past was effectively not so idyllic considering the addiction problems of the father that negatively affected the daily life of the whole family. Notwithstanding, the son decides to meet again his dad, but after some talking we realize how this decision was not completely out of interest since the young man made a bet for
Their past has not been exactly the happiest, given the problems with alcohol of his father that inevitably reflected on the family daily life. Despite the past, the two find themselves at a table, while we start to discover that the child’s initiative is not entirely selfless, because of a strange bet involving just the father and which provides, in case of winning, a payment of 1 million dollars. Laurich and Miller decid to investigate the delicate family dynamics through the construction of a paradox that goes to touch not only the decency of our society, mocked by history, but also the superficiality of the world in which we live.
The essentiality of the directorial choices, the coldness of the limit, bring out the vibrancy of a story that manages to be engaging despite the “stillness” of characters that never leave the table. By using only two actors and one single location, Laurich mamages to build a dark comedy capable to express the mediocrity and stupidity of modern man – a topic particularly precious in Coen borthers’ cinema for instance.
Moreover, Laurich also gives a valuable tip: when asked “What would you do for 1 million dollar?” think well about the answer, at least you would avoid weird Hamlet doubts.comments powered by Disqus