Director: Mika Boorem
Writer: Mika Boorem
A short film exploring the dark effects of grief.
We follow a teenage boy, Jonah (Slade Pearce), who has become obsessed with his neighbour. The neighbour (Jaclyn Ferber) is a widow whose husband died in the war. She is grieving and begins to take a liking to Jonah.
Certainly mature subject matter and probably not material I can really relate to.
However, on a technical level, Love Thy Neighbor is fantastically made. The lighting and set design reflects the characters very well.
I think the director/writer, Mika Boorem, achieved her goal of making the story seem ordinary on the surface. That is until you scratch the surface to discover the intricate, dark and twisted lives of the neighbourhood.
I think the best accomplishment was how well the crew has done on limited means. Having a main cast of three, and one location was a great way to take advantage of what they had. It can be easy to let the imagination run wild, but keeping it simple allowed the deeper storyline to take centre stage.
A fantastic production. An example on how high quality a short film can be.
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