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Dalmatian

USA 2018
produced by
Mike Messier for Man and a Camera Films, Danic Imagery
directed by Mike Messier
starring Ashley Shea, Jack Shea
written by Mike Messier, music by Tony Caramadre

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's 1980, and Carol (Ashley Shea) and Doug (Jack Shea) meet each other for the first time in a café, and a Dalmatian walking into the place as if it was the most normal thing in the world triggers their conversation, which at first seems a little awkward, but nevertheless chemistry between the two develops quickly.

It's 2017, and Carol and Doug have long since married - and divorced. And now they're trying to pick up the pieces, finding out where they went wrong - and Doug is shocked to find out he has become a grandfather several years back without anybody telling him. And now he feels he has to make up for lost time ...

 

Ok, I'll freely admit that my synopsis might make Dalmatian sound like a clichéed drama about a divorce and it's repercussions - but the film itself avoids all cheese. In parts it's due to very cleverly written dialogue, which is poignant even in the film's most dramatic moments and serves the whole film with more than just a grain of salt and a bunch of pop culture references that not only lighten up the mood but also make sense within the story. But also the movie's structure, placing the 1980 and 2017 narrative threads side by side to jump from one to the other and back repeatedly, makes the story more engaging and multi-layered at the same time. And one must not forget the direction, which intentionally over-emphasizes on the theatrical nature of the two characters' talking by robbing the scenery of any kind of backdrop and not changing angles for the whole film. And the theatrical aspect is only amplified by the actors' at times intentionally wooden and stale performances, with many an awkward pause in their dialogue, their lack of movement, and overly clear delivery of lines - something that makes perfect sense within the context of the movie of course.

In all, a most certainly unusual movie - but one that creates its own world, and fascinatingly so!

 

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