Monday, December 18, 2006

Room To Breathe (2006)

Room to Breathe is a 13 minute short from director Steven Leslie Johnson that features the lead singer of the band Everclear, Art Alexakis. With a simple premise that starts off like Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," the film ends with a shock I never imagined.

Richard's (Art Alexakis) wife (Daria O'Neill) is confined to her bed and Richard as at her every beck and call. She verbally abuses him, taunts him, and seems to hate him. When he keeps receiving phone calls from his brother Hank, she bullies him and demands to know who he is talking to. Hank warns Richard not to mix his pills with her's, or death may soon follow. Fed up with his wife, Richard mixes one of his pills into her water. She promptly collapses, but not before he tells her it was Hank on the phone and she responds with, "Hank is dead!" Richard walls her up with brick and mortar in the basement as she is finally waking up and continues to scream her head off. Hank, the dead brother, shows up and tells Richard it is not too late to save his wife, but Richard has had enough of her nagging...

Room to Breathe is a quick, effective short with an ending that made me gasp...I'm not sure where it is available, but you can check it out on YouTube.


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