Sequence – by Carles Torrens
Daydreaming could be so dangerous...
The common saying “the man or woman of your dreams” is mostly referred to an unreachable ideal, which is destined to remain confined in a impalpable zone of unsatisfied desire. For someone, dreams turn into reality and take the shape of nightmares from which is impossible to wake up. The abyss takes the form of chinese boxes, as we have recently experimented in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But I wouldn’t take you on the wrong way, because Sequence is another kind of story. The border between dream and reality is even more confused as the man who inhabits the diegesis is lacking self-awarness in such process.
One morning, Billy wakes up near his girlfriend, who jumps up in terror as soon as she sees him, incapable of describing the awful dream with him as protagonist. She can only say: “I’ve had the most fucked up dream!” Later, at work, he discovers he was the subject of everyone’s previous night dream. Unable to understand the nature of the horror that’s triggering the people who cross his path, he remains entangled in a whirl of nonsense.
The 20 minutes of Sequence, which are flowing smoothly as five, have no downtimes and a good rhythm, which takes the action without shocks or interruptions. The director has the ability of exiting the worst and morbid viewer’s fantasies, pointing on one of the oldest and efficient tricks since the birth of cinema: not showing. The most dreadful scene directed is the one that takes place in the head of every single spectator, asking what the hell he has done.
Sequence had its premiere at Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and has been screened among the main festivals in the world, gaining awards and recognitions. Carles Torrens, the young Catalan director who studied in California, shows his whole ability and the final product is far from the European taste. His talent merged with a terrific cast: Joe Hursley plays Billy and Jayne Taini, an American Tv veteran, will make your jaw drop. Literally. VICE recommends Torrens as one of the five Spanish directors to watch, but he has not wasted his time and made two feature films: Hide and Seek and Pet. Now he is busy on the pre-production of a new title, Visceral.
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