Short Film- Wow!

conandrob240

this short film played before our showing of I, Tonya yesterday. I, Tonya was very good. This short film had the whole audience gasp simultaneously. I keep thinking about it. WWYD?


( sorry for category placement, some aren't showing up for me either)


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guitardad

Brilliant.


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conandrob240

it really is. The collective gasp from the entire theater was so awesome.


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ml1


conandrob240 said:

I keep thinking about it. WWYD?


I don't want to answer any questions at the risk of revealing spoilers.


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conandrob240

yes, good idea. We’ll give people a chance to watch first


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Klinker

Excellent.  Thank you.


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DaveSchmidt

The category I’d put this under is Humor.

Everyone in the theater where I saw it — granted, it was a small crowd — laughed (including my wife and me).


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conandrob240

you thought it was funny? Gosh, not me. I thought it was horrifying.

And, as I said, I couldn't see some of the categories for whatever reason ( but wouldn't have chosen humor).


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ml1


conandrob240 said:

you thought it was funny? Gosh, not me. I thought it was horrifying.


It's both 


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conandrob240

I guess in a black comedy kind of way. My gasp was more of unimaginable horror. 


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John

It could have been nothing but humor. There's a party gettin' ready to start just when the air raid siren happens to go off?

When I was a kid, the air raid siren went off every Saturday at noon because Stalin was going to bomb us. Now, if I was Joe, I would bomb the United States on a random Saturday at noon.


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DaveSchmidt

There are at least two other filmed versions of the script, written by Robert J. Lee, that get across the irony but that I, having watched them just now, didn’t find nearly as funny. The director of this one, Gaspar Palacio, who was limited to 60 seconds for a contest, set it up perfectly. (For example, in neither of the others is the door ajar when the man speaks — a brilliant touch.)


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conandrob240

It was a set up for a surprise party

Formerlyjerseyjack said:

It could have been nothing but humor. There's a party gettin' ready to start just when the air raid siren happens to go off?


When I was a kid, the air raid siren went off every Saturday at noon because Stalin was going to bomb us. Now, if I was Joe, I would bomb the United States on a random Saturday at noon.



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marksierra
conandrob240 said:
It was a set up for a surprise party

Exactly!


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John


marksierra said:


conandrob240 said:
It was a set up for a surprise party

Exactly!

I get that. But the surprise goes amiss when the air raid siren "just happens" to go off when the party is set to begin. Under what other circumstances would the family in the house suddenly leave to go to the air raid shelter?

"Honey, we haven't checked the water supply in the air raid shelter in several years. What say we take a look now?"


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The Soulful Mr T

Reminds me of Dan Greenberg's book "What Do Women Want?" (1982) It's hysterical and begins with a setup like this. 


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ml1

you sure ask a lot of questions for someone from New Jersey.

Formerlyjerseyjack said:



marksierra said:


conandrob240 said:
It was a set up for a surprise party

Exactly!

I get that. But the surprise goes amiss when the air raid siren "just happens" to go off when the party is set to begin. Under what other circumstances would the family in the house suddenly leave to go to the air raid shelter?


"Honey, we haven't checked the water supply in the air raid shelter in several years. What say we take a look now?"



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conandrob240

Yes, that’s the whole point. You go to the shelter in an air raid. That’s how she knew it was a sure way to get him to his birthday surprise party so she planed the siren. Anyway, I think you are stuck on an irrelevant detail.


Formerlyjerseyjack said:



marksierra said:


conandrob240 said:
It was a set up for a surprise party

Exactly!

I get that. But the surprise goes amiss when the air raid siren "just happens" to go off when the party is set to begin. Under what other circumstances would the family in the house suddenly leave to go to the air raid shelter?


"Honey, we haven't checked the water supply in the air raid shelter in several years. What say we take a look now?"



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sprout

I think I was too stuck on "what kind of contrived premise is this when the guy doesn't even bring his own child in?" to be surprised at the twist.


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DaveSchmidt

The siren was (as I took it, with a little suspension of disbelief*) part of the machinations that went into planning the surprise.

*Palacio’s setting is a house that appears to be secluded, and the gathering looks like it could be all the neighbors, so if the wife got someone to blare a false alarm, no harm done.


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DaveSchmidt

I read the original script again, and it includes the open door. Nevertheless, Palacio shot it perfectly. The husband’s comeuppance is funny enough, but what really keeps me laughing is the predicament of the guests who stood there in the dark the whole time he was talking.


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yahooyahoo

Wow.  

There is no recovery from that.


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ml1


DaveSchmidt said:

There are at least two other filmed versions of the script, written by Robert J. Lee, that get across the irony but that I, having watched them just now, didn’t find nearly as funny. The director of this one, Gaspar Palacio, who was limited to 60 seconds for a contest, set it up perfectly. (For example, in neither of the others is the door ajar when the man speaks — a brilliant touch.)

the expressions on the guests' faces are priceless.


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conandrob240

That’s what I said. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. End of a marriage.


yahooyahoo said:

Wow.  

There is no recovery from that.



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ml1

anyone ever see the film Force Majeure.  A drama, but has some similarities to this short film.


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boomie

OMG.    So unforgettable.


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mem

you know who that dude voted for.


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Klinker

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conandrob240

what does a period mean here? Dedacted comment?


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shoshannah


mem said:

you know who that dude voted for.

Le Pen


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