Following the controversial publication of her first book, Aline Freyard comes home to vent to her partner. It’s not her fault she’s distorted an abuse victim’s story, she tells Jan, seated on the couch with the TV paused. She was only following her agent Alex’s instructions. Jan comforts her, and before long they’re cradling each other, asleep while a movie plays. But when a spider crawls to Aline’s ear and whispers that she must atone for her lies, we discover that her novel is only the beginning of her problems.
Moires takes place entirely in Aline’s apartment, utilizing mostly two shots throughout the film. While their talking on the couch, the camera stays trained on Aline and Jan. When there’s crying in the other room and Jan goes to check on Aline’s baby, the camera slowly pivots to a hallway shot. No windows are shown, so it is up to us to recognize the passage of time from Aline’s entrance to the introduction of the spider.
We focus on the minute details. The horror is revealed slowly until a shocking reveal at the end.
Fans of layered characters, deep backstory, and a horror that grows subtly would enjoy this short.
Run time: 19 Minutes
Director/Writer: J.P. Bouix
Music: Aristide Hersant-Prévert and Lou Corroyer
Film Editing: Arnaud Grelaud
Watch Moires on the Film Maudit 2.0 website.
Images Courtesy of Film Maudit 2.0
About the Author: Jamal H. Goodwin Jr.
Grammar, prose style, fiction, nonfiction: Jamal does it all. When he's not jogging or reading Daredevil, he's writing stories with a focus on character and elegant language. He’s written reviews for Philadelphia Stories and has fiction published by Spillwords press. Check out a sample of his work at thefictionwriter.blog website.