In a not so distant future, the absence of gravity complicates the everyday life, but for true dreamers it could also be a way to escape it all.
In a not so distant future, not much has changed… except for the force of gravity. For some reason, it’s really hard to be “down to earth”. People have to bind themselves to the bed at night, and the only way to walk around is by wearing heavy boots made of metal (an imposition from the government). Life goes by, as gray and tiring as can be, and the everyday moral and emotional heaviness is perfectly rendered by the slow crawl of shiny boots through the streets, while a resigned humanity heads to work every morning… to dive into truly alienating activities. Perhaps, though, this absence of gravity might suggest a way out of this grimness for the few, true dreamers around.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 , this film by Bobbie Peers – incredibly unsual and puzzling, at times – draws us into a desaturated and grey-toned life, in which surreal moments carelessly flow one after the other. Sniffer is yet another proof that it’s possible to build credible and coherent worlds and deliver an excellent science-fiction story with smaller budgets (as recently shown by Duncan Jones with Moon in feature films and many other shorts that preceded and followed Peer’s) . Impeccable direction and cinematography (the short was shot in 35mm) present us a plethora of bizarre characters that catch our sympathy at first sight, for a brief but intense foray into a possible future with retro accents.
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