Jan 22, 2008

Now You See Me, Now You Don't

“Now You See Me, Now You Don’t” is a film we have seen many times before in those shit mainstream films. This one is different though for the simple fact that is works. “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t” is a masterfully spun hypnotic short showing the deterioration within a family.

We see a troubled mother bathed in a harmonious light, smoking and cooking. We see her ignored calls from her husband and her mischievous son playing near the stove. Everything is in place in this Hungarian suburb. The roses need gardening and the stove needs to be attended. This certainly is not an illusion.

The husband arrives silently and looks scornful at his own family. This emotion is very similar to the one you felt in Douglas Buck’s Cutting Moments. Every scene is bathed in natural lighting and wonderful, lush vegetation is everywhere to be seen. The cinematography is simply amazing, delivering perpetual angles only heightens the emotion. Director Attila Szasz does an incredible job forming the characters and the dialogue in its 27-minute runtime.

After the experiment takes place, you feel alone as the child does. Such a deed can surely be forgotten, but it remains fresh in their minds. I, personally, look forward to any of Szasz’s future projects and hope he sticks to his predestined course. This film shows behind every family can be a dark secret and behind every secret can be forgiveness.


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