Short Dramatic Films

Short Dramatic Films
There is some hesitation to be taken with this particular program, as even the title fails to showcase the generally standard WWSFF title punning. However, even the use of "dramatic" in the title is a misnomer. These shorts, each around 15 minutes in length, barely qualify as drama. Rather, most of these shorts unfortunately limp along on crutches of cliché.

Man v. Minivan examines a chap's fear of marriage in light of receiving a minivan as a gift from his fiancé's parents. Such heavy symbolism feels almost archaic in 2010, as does the introduction of a stripper with a heart of gold that shows him the way. However, the flaws in Man v. Minivan feel paltry in comparison with the offensiveness following in One Night.

The night in question follows a man who fails to act when his wife is threatened with rape. The intruder is quickly subdued, but what follows is a laughably overblown examination of the marriage while the body sits festering. Does the husband truly not care about his wife because he was too scared to fend off a gun-wielding rapist? Why should the audience care? If satisfactory resolve is your objective when viewing such "drama," it may be best to look elsewhere.

How Eunice Got Her Baby is especially baffling, with a romance between trailer trash and a convenience store bandit more inept than Raising Arizona's H.I. McDonough. Elsewhere, Shanti Baba Ram and The Dancers of Hope barely has enough drama to sustain its title, never mind a 15-minute running length.

D'une Rive a l'Autre is the most appalling, however. The bloated sense of self-importance is dragged along with the tale of an immigrant engaged to a family friend, but secretly carrying on a lesbian affair. "Melodramatic" is too reserved a word for this kind of emotional ploying.